UA Budget Cuts

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen address the media in response to Gov. Mike Dunleavy's proposed budget cuts to the university Wednesday afternoon, February 13, 2019.

FAIRBANKS - University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen on Wednesday countered Gov. Mike Dunleavy's Monday letter to the university community, calling the governor's deep budget cuts "a policy choice for Alaskans, not a fiscal necessity."

Dunleavy sent a letter to the university community Monday claiming "some" had been inaccurately reporting his budget cut numbers. He recharacterized his sweeping cuts to university funding as a 17 percent cut to the overall university budget rather than a 41 percent cut in state funding.