The Office of State Budget and Management recently told state agencies they will be hit with one-time budget cuts of 0.75 percent to help finance emergency hurricane relief. UNC-Chapel Hill's contribution will be about $2.85 million.
It's really a shame, and a tough position for the UNC system, especially UNC-CH, to be in. The cuts represent almost $3 million University officials had thought would be in place this year.
But now, they have to give that amount back - leading to more administrative slicing and dicing that ideally would have been complete before the semester began.
Granted, the cut applies to all state groups - not just the UNC system. But that doesn't change the fact that the cut being passed at this point does system and University officials no favors. After all, UNC-system schools are only three months into the academic year, with several months to go.
Officials across the system basically are being compelled to decide what can be cut on the fly, and their decisions undoubtedly will have visible effects at each of the system's 16 schools.