More cuts proposed for Mississippi’s 2-year colleges

It looks like our state’s two-year colleges aren’t beyond the reach of Governor Haley Barbour’s budget axe.

Mississippi’s community college system has already had to trim 5 percent in the middle of the current budget year, and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse says the state may ask for another 5 percent before the fiscal year ends.

So an additional 12 percent cut for next year seems outrageous.

“We’re part of the solution to this economic recession,” Dr. Muse says.

Governor Barbour proposes that our 2-year colleges condense payroll and other administrative functions to one central office. He’d like to close some campuses, especially satellite campuses. Community college athletic programs, Governor Barbour says, can be downsized or cut out.