The budget of the UH is turned towards the future and seeks to be restored as the legislative session approaches

Kalbert Young, EUH Vice President of Budget and Finance and Chief Financial Officer, shares his analysis of 2022 EUH budget request to the Legislative Assembly.

Operational budget

Kalbert Young

On Thursday, November 18, the University of Hawaii Council of Regents (BOR) approved a request for a supplementary operating budget which was submitted to the Governor and, separately, to the Legislative Assembly. The state’s fiscal and economic recovery is underway, but some questions remain about the short-term scale and longer-term sustainability. While the overall state general fund revenues appear strong for this fiscal year, the state should prioritize certain areas that have been cut in recent years as a priority for what needs to be addressed from the start. next exercise.

The American Rescue Plan Act included a “Sustain the Effort” provision regarding the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund funds that went to our K-12 public schools. It requires state support for primary, secondary and post-secondary education in EF22 and EF23 be at levels commensurate with overall government budgeting and spending, such as the average over the course of EF17, EF18 and EF19. In other words, the state government budget cannot disproportionately reduce education funding in order to finance the rest of the budget. For EF22, overall government spending has been drastically reduced and EUH has been reduced proportionately. For EF23, it is expected that the appropriations of the general state fund will increase and, consequently, the state appropriations for the Ministry of Education and EUH should grow in proportion to overall government spending.

the EUH Budget request is primarily aimed at requesting the reestablishment of the general budget cuts to all campuses that were made in the EF22 budget — these cuts total $ 42.5 million. EUH also calls for the reinstatement of the $ 4 million from the previous general fund grant for athletics. There are only two other requests for operational funding: funding for the International Pacific Space Center for exploration systems in the amount of $ 550,000, which was a program transferred from the Department of Business, Economic Development. and Tourism in EUH in EF22. The EUH request also includes the addition of five positions to the EUH Where is Oahu Academy for Creative Media for an amount of $ 282,000.

As part of the executive’s budget proposal submitted to the legislature on December 20, 2021, the governor included everything EUH requested as well as additional initiatives that align with the governor’s broader platform.

One of these initiatives is to provide $ 1.7 million for additional clinical nurse instructors. These instructors will help expand nursing education programs offered statewide by EUH to help fill the continuing shortage of nurses in the Hawaii. $ 2 million was added to the budget of the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) to expand the residency program to neighboring islands. To help address the teaching workforce shortage, $ 557,000 has been added for the College of Education to increase the number of instructors in preparation for teaching. $ 1.575 million was added to help fill labor shortages in the information technology and cybersecurity sectors. $ 380,000 has been added to EUH Mānoa’s budget for the modernization of equipment and facilities to help manage the expansion of the Creative Media program to EUH Manoa. To start the aviation program at EUH Hilo, $ 190,000 was added to its budget to hire two professors. Finally, $ 21.7 million was added for repairs, maintenance and equipment of EUH facilities.

The description BOR EF23 Govt EF23
Restoration of the general fund – EUH Manoa $ 30,000,000 $ 30,000,000
Restoration of the general fund – JABSOM $ 1,200,000 $ 1,200,000
Restoration of the general fund – EUH Salvation $ 2,280,000 $ 2,280,000
Restoration of the general fund – EUH Where is Oahu $ 1,080,000 $ 1,080,000
Restoration of the general fund – EUH Community colleges $ 4,600,000 $ 4,600,000
Restoration of the general fund – EUH System support $ 3,391,232 $ 3,391,232
Athletics – EUH Manoa $ 3,600,000 $ 3,600,000
Athletics – EUH Salvation $ 400,000 $ 400,000
PISCES – Hilo $ 550,000 $ 550,000
Creative media – EUH Where is Oahu $ 282,000 $ 282,000
Clinical Nursing Instructors – EUH Manoa, EUH Salvation, EUH Community colleges $ 1,756,489
Expansion of the residency program – JABSOM $ 2,040,000
Training of the teaching workforce – EUH Manoa $ 557,097
THIS and cybersecurity workforce – EUH System support $ 1,575,000
Creative media – EUH Manoa $ 380,000
Aeronautical program – EUH Salvation $ 190,000
Repairs, maintenance and equipment – EUH System support $ 21,700,000
Total $ 47,383,232 $ 75,581,818

Capital Improvement Program (CIP) budget

the CIP budget request was also approved at the November 18 meeting BOR Encounter. For the next session, the CIP the budget request is rather modest. Most of the CIP plan is intended to allow EUH continue to take health and safety measures, increase the efficiency and use of existing spaces and support ongoing and funded research activities.

EUH asks $ 89 million for EF23 to address the renewal of fixed assets, progress in deferred maintenance and the funding of modernization projects for each of the campuses within the EUH System. The governor included $ 86.5 million in EF23 in its budget request. The following table lists the projects in the BOR-budget approved and the amounts that were included in the governor’s request:

Campus The description BOR EF23 Govt EF23
EUH Manoa Hamilton Library $ 6,000,000
EUH Manoa Central administration facility with parking $ 4,000,000
Leeward side CC fascias $ 6,500,000 $ 6,500,000
Waikīkī Aquarium Upgrading the discharge system $ 11,500,000 $ 11,500,000
System wide Renew, improve and modernize (RIM) $ 33,500,000 $ 32,000,000
EUH Where is Oahu Renew, improve and modernize (RIM) $ 2,500,000 $ 2,500,000
EUH Community colleges Capital renewal and deferred maintenance $ 25,000,000 $ 24,000,000
EUH Where is Oahu Going through EUH System EUH Where is Oahu Expansion of the campus and university village $ 10,000,000
Total $ 89,000,000 $ 86,500,000

The governor’s executive budget request, along with all other measures, will be deliberated by the 2022 legislature, which will meet on Wednesday, January 19, 2022. This supplementary budget will be for the next fiscal year which runs from July 1, 2022. through June 30, 2023.

As in previous years, my hope will be to provide readers with updates throughout the legislative session to show the progress of the budget for EUH as he goes through the process.

Let’s see what 2022 has to offer.

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