Boise, USA. The Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada Reno will be able to continue doing business as usual after being spared from budget cuts originally proposed by Republican Governor Sandoval.
The Nevada Sagebrush reported in May that the Nevada Legislature intended to pass nearly $30 million in cuts to the university. If they had succeeded, the department would have had to become self-sufficient, which according to center administrators, could have really hurt the program.
According to the 2011 Budget Reduction spreadsheet, the program receives about $520,000 from the state of Nevada. It also receives about $500,000 from the Basque Government, and other Basque Country institutions. In addition, the Basque Advisory Board raises money for a quasi-endowment fund.
Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval and legislative leaders reached an agreement Wednesday on a $6.2 billion general fund spending plan for Nevada that avoids deep cuts to higher education and critical human services while implementing collective bargaining and education reforms sought by Republicans.
The deal was struck after five days of intense negotiations and with just five days remaining in the 2011 legislative session.