I am writing to share with you information concerning the Governor's proposed budget for the next biennium (FY10 and FY11) and its impact on the University. The budget recommendations she released yesterday reflect the extremely severe economic conditions which pervade our nation and our state. The Storrs-based budget already was directly impacted by the state's declining revenues, having incurred a 3% rescission in the current fiscal year.
Over the next biennium, the Governor proposed funding levels for the Storrs-based budget (which includes funding for the Regional Campuses and Schools of Law and Social Work) that are below this year's level. The proposed appropriations equate to 9.2% and 13.1% reductions for FY10 and FY11, respectively, in state support needed to maintain currently provided services. For the Health Center, the proposed budgets are above this year's support level but are $6.6 million and $12 million below the amounts needed to continue current service levels.
While we have been preparing for the reality of declining state support, we also are compelled to meet the needs of our students, patients and faculty. UConn is a vital state asset that plays a critical role in addressing our economic crisis in the short-term and ensuring Connecticut's economic viability in the long-term. Investing in UConn is investing in our state's future by educating our high-achieving students, providing Connecticut with a highly qualified workforce, and conducting research that serves as a catalyst for innovation, product development and job creation.
As we work through strategies to address these dramatic cuts, to the extent possible, we are committed to protecting financial aid to ensure access to our outstanding programs for those students with the greatest need for assistance. As a general principle, protecting program quality and accessibility are foremost. Yet, we recognize that cuts of this magnitude would necessitate sacrifices by all.