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No budget cuts for the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno


Gov. Brian Sandoval joined by legislative leaders.
Gov. Brian Sandoval joined by legislative leaders.


Last month we learned that the Nevada legislature was considering several budget cuts proposed by the state’s Republican governor Sandoval, which would have negatively impacted the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno campus. However, lawmakers were able to reach a budget agreement in the final hours before the Legislature adjourned for the remainder of the year. Luckily, the cuts were not as deep to higher education as first expected. This is extremely good news for the Center for Basque Studies, as they would have had to become self-sufficient if the Governor's original proposal had been approved.

Boise, USA. The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada Reno will be able to continue doing business as usual after being spared from budget cuts originally proposed by Republican Governor Sandoval.

The Nevada Sagebrush reported in May that the Nevada Legislature intended to pass nearly $30 million in cuts to the university. If they had succeeded, the department would have had to become self-sufficient, which according to center administrators, could have really hurt the program.

According to the 2011 Budget Reduction spreadsheet, the program receives about $520,000 from the state of Nevada. It also receives about $500,000 from the Basque Government, and other Basque Country institutions. In addition, the Basque Advisory Board raises money for a quasi-endowment fund.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and legislative leaders reached an agreement Wednesday on a $6.2 billion general fund spending plan for Nevada that avoids deep cuts to higher education and critical human services while implementing collective bargaining and education reforms sought by Republicans.

The deal was struck after five days of intense negotiations and with just five days remaining in the 2011 legislative session.


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