Between 2014-2018 the budget at UAS Sitka Campus was cut by 29-percent, according to director Leslie Gordon. And it was cut another 9-percent this year. Gov. Dunleavy has now proposed a 40-percent cut to Alaska’s university system statewide — and Gordon considers this an existential threat to her campus and its 44 employees. “We can’t let this happen,” she said. (KCAW file photo)
The governor’s determination to cut state funding by $1.6 billion dollars next year — and still pay each resident a full dividend check — will have sweeping implications for almost all state services: From schools and universities, to the ferry system, the Pioneer Homes, and beyond.
So far, most media attention locally has been focused on the potentially devastating cuts to schools, but