SC State Chairman: Budget is Better, More Help Needed

sc-state-university.JPGCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina State University Board Chairman Charles Way says the university is making progress in improving its financial situation, but still needs plenty of help.

Way told a legislative bond committee Tuesday that the university currently has a balanced budget for “the first time in God knows when.”

Way told the committee that the new temporary university board appointed last year by the Legislature took drastic steps to improve the university’s situation, including cutting $19 million from the budget.

Way says the university has put off critical maintenance, like to its boilers, roads, sidewalks and dormitories. He says SC State needs $11 million in help paying debts from previous administrations or it can’t survive.

SC State has cut nearly 200 employees over two years and currently has about 625 workers.

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