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Feb. 2, 2012ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: Wayman

Missouri West Budget Cuts

The president of Missouri western in St. Joseph tells lawmakers they might have to cut back on filling positions on campus if proposed state funding cuts happen.

Dr. Robert Vartabedian says the governor's plan to cut college budgets 12 and a half percent would mean about 2.9 million dollars stripped from Missouri Western's budget. Right now about 30 positions on the campus are open, and the president says they may only be able to fill a small number of those if the cuts happen. Vartabedian points out the St. Joseph school has already frozen salaries, reduced faculty compensation for summer teaching, and cut operating budgets by 30%. He adds state funding for Missouri Western in the year 200 was nearly 62%. It's close to 41% this year.