ASC hosts forum on state budget cuts

(09-28-2009)

The ramifications of recent and impending state budget cuts will be discussed at a "Talk Straight with Adams State" Community Forum planned for Thursday, October 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. in Adams State's Student Union Building, room A-130 (First & Stadium).

The public is invited to learn more and discuss the situation with representatives from local government, public and higher education, and health care. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. Details are available by calling 587-7341.

Adams State President David Svaldi said, "It's likely Colorado will suffer even further drastic cuts to many services, not the least of which are education and health care. We want to help our community understand the impacts of these cuts."

Panelists for the forum will include Alamosa County Administrator Barry Shioshita, Alamosa City Manager Nathan Cherpeski, Alamosa School District Superintendent Robert Alejo, Trinidad State Junior College Interim President Felix Lopez, Adams State President David Svaldi, Adams State Vice President for Finance and Administration Bill Mansheim, Valleywide Health Systems CEO Marguerite Salazar, and San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Henry Garvin.

Recently revised projections of state revenue indicate Colorado is short another $240 million in this year's budget, in addition to spending cuts Gov. Bill Ritter made in August, according to the "Denver Post" What's more, legislative economists predict a shortfall of $189 million in the 2010-11 budget year. The "Post" reported Colorado has lost 110,700 jobs since May 2008, a 4.7 percent loss. Also contributing to state revenue reductions is a drop in sales tax revenues by 8.2 percent from fiscal year ending June 2008 to June 2009.

By Julie Waechter