A handful of lawmakers have stripped the seven positions Gov. Jack Dalrymple has called for in his budget for the state’s University System, while others discuss a bill that would prohibit the chancellor from spending or accessing any fees from the state’s institutions for new office staff.
Sen. Ray Holmberg, chair of the Senate Appropriations, said nobody on the five-member subcommittee looking over Senate Bill 2003 supports the proposal for the positions.
“I don’t think they made that great of a case for looking at new employees,” he said. “They already can hire their own if they have the money.”
The subcommittee also has cut the governor’s proposed funding for University System governance.