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The Legislature has done its job, now officials at Shoreline, along with the rest of the state’s community and technical colleges, are waiting to see what it all means for them.

 

“It looks like the final numbers will be pretty close to our plan,” said Daryl Campbell, Shoreline’s Vice President for Administrative Services. “We’re still waiting to hear from the (State Board for Community and Technical Colleges) on exactly what our share will be.”

 

Campbell he expects to hear details of Shoreline's cut from State Board officials in the near future.

 

In a nearly month-long special session, the Legislature late Monday passed a budget that covers a $2.8 billion shortfall. While nothing could be final until lawmakers finished their work, Shoreline officials anticipated the reductions and proposed a college budget cut of $1.65 million for the coming fiscal year, starting July 1.

 

While details are still to come, Campbell said that it appears the budget does cover projected cost increases for employee benefits, a cost that colleges may have been required to pay for above any budget cuts. “The House version had none for benefit cost increases, the Senate had some and it looks like the final budget covers all of it,” he said.

 

The State Board’s Chris Reykdal, deputy executive director of finance, said late Monday that a snapshot of the budget shows $45 million in cuts for the system, about 6.5 percent, with $7 million of that covered by the one-time “furlough bill.” That bill, passed this past weekend, doesn’t require furloughs, as long as the agency can present an alternative that achieves the same savings. Shoreline’s proposed budget doesn’t include furloughs. Reykdal also said the final state budget adds back $17 million in Worker Retraining funds.

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