The House Finance Committee has slashed $1 million, or 43 percent, of the Office of Higher Education’s operating budget. The office is scheduled to be abolished next June.
Eva-Marie Mancuso, chairwoman of the state Board of Education, was traveling Friday and could not be reached for comment, but her spokesman, Michael Trainor, confirmed the budget cut.
The Office of Higher Education oversees the state’s three public colleges, the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island. The $2.3-million operating budget covers 12 staff members and the salary of Higher Education Commissioner Raymond D. Di Pasquale, who is also president of CCRI.