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Senate considers cutting USNH chancellor's funding

April 14, 2012
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CONCORD, N.H.—The Senate is weighing in on whether to dissolve the chancellor's office at the University of New Hampshire.

The House voted last month to shift the responsibilities to the college presidents. The Senate Finance Committee is holding a hearing Thursday on the proposal.

Supporters of the bill argued the office, with its roughly 70 employees, is an unnecessary and bloated layer of bureaucracy. They said it would put $15 to $20 million back into the system.

But opponents said it could harm the system and lead to services being duplicated. They also argued the state budget had already cut the system's state aid by almost half and the state should not make deeper cuts now.

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