15-Percent Cut Proposed for Purdue Extension Service

(WEST LAFAYETTE) – THE PURDUE EXTENSION SERVICE IS TRYING TO MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF CUTS IT COULD SUSTAIN IN THE NEXT BUDGET. THE COMMISSION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION IS PROPOSING A 15-PERCENT DECREASE FOR THE PROGRAM, WHICH HAS A PRESENCE IN EVERY INDIANA COUNTY.

EXTENSION DIRECTOR CHUCK HIBBERD SAYS HIS ORGANIZATION ALREADY HAS DEALT WITH A NEARLY SIX-AND-A-HALF PERCENT REDUCTION IN THE CURRENT BUDGET. HE SAYS AS MANY AS 40 COUNTY EDUCATORS WOULD BE LAID OFF AND SERVICES WOULD BE CUT IF THE COMMISSION’S PROPOSAL IS FOLLOWED.

EVERY ONE-DOLLAR EXTENSION PAYS TOWARD AN EDUCATOR’S SALARY, A COUNTY COVERS ABOUT TWO-DOLLARS-36-CENTS.

THE EDUCATORS ASSIST FARMERS, RUN 4-H PROGRAMS, PROVIDE NUTRITIONAL GUIDANCE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

(From Network Indiana)

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