New Texas budget slashes funding to WTAMU, while A&M-College Station receives big funding increase

Jun 14, 2017

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum on the WTAMU campus in Canyon.
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West Texas A&M University in Canyon took a big hit this week, as the budget approved by Governor Greg Abbott slashed funding to the school by almost $2 million.

Meanwhile, the A&M flagship university in College Station received a hefty increase of $14 million in funding.

Programs receiving cuts at WT include agricultural research and small-business development. The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum also had its funding slashed.

As The Amarillo Globe-News reports, the university is already at work trying to figure how to scrape the cuts away from their already hurting budget, without laying off any staff.

The cuts come despite the fact that WT has been growing rapidly. Over the last two years, the school’s enrollment increased by almost 1,000 students.

The cuts were spearheaded by a group of lawmakers led by Amarillo Senator Kel Seliger.