Is "UNLV getting the shaft" in state dollar fight?
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- During Friday's hearing, Nevada System of Higher Education Chairman Dan Klaich was under the rhetorical gun from Assemblyman Andy Eisen, D-Las Vegas, and Horne was cheering him on.
- Geddes, also watching the hearing, disputed the claim.
- Geddes is right. Over the next two years, the four northern schools lose $12.8 million in both fiscal year 2014 and fiscal year 2015 and the three southern schools basically receive that money from the North (according to the Nevada System of Higher Education: check out the numbers in Appendix C). University of Nevada, Las Vegas gets $1,016,520, College of Southern Nevada gets $8,192,851, and Nevada State College gets $3,594,757.Why does CSN get the lion's share?"Historically, CSN has been the most underfunded institution in the system," Klaich said in an interview with the Sun.
- Let's check out a different budget chart. In the governor's gargantuan budget, M-200 is a bureaucratic account number. It shows UNLV losing $4,547,754 and CSN losing $2,984,358. UNR gains $7,647,304.(Check it out here. The relevant pages are 878, 907 and 942.)But Klaich said in an interview with the Sun that the M-200 line is just one line in a bigger budget that ultimately gives CSN and UNLV more money and UNR less.
- One of the big questions is how fast the $12.8 million per year moves from North to South. Gov. Brian Sandoval says: give $1 million to northern institutions each year to lessen the fiscal blow and then phase-in the transfer over three years. A legislative interim committee recommended giving the full $12.8 million per year to southern schools immediately, and spend $12.8 million in new money for northern schools to smooth over the transition.Either way, the South wins."They're getting more revenue. It's a matter of how quickly," Geddes said in an interview with the Sun.Sandoval says: slowly over three years.Legislative committee says: NOW.
- UNR loses $2,963,187 by NSHE's predictions.
- Again, it's a matter of moving slowly versus moving quickly. $12.8 million for Southern Nevada this year means also spending $12.8 million in new money to "hold harmless" -- or not cut -- Northern Nevada institutions for two years.
- Geddes had asked "How do we give more money to research institutions [like UNR] without new money?" Many Republicans in rural and Northern Nevada have said they do not support new taxes or spending.
- (Geddes was a Republican Assemblyman from 2002-2004 who voted for taxes in 2003.)
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