Dunleavy slashes university budget by $130 million

Associated Press
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – Gov. Mike Dunleavy has slashed the budget for the University of Alaska system, vetoing more than $130 million in funding.

Dunleavy also has cut state support for public broadcasting and reduced spending for Medicaid.

The Republican governor also eliminated the Senior Benefits Program in vetoes announced Friday.

Dunleavy, in a letter to legislative leaders, says the budget “focuses on the state’s basic responsibilities while understanding our fiscal constraints.”

He says his actions have cut nearly half the state’s deficit and that more work is needed.