MSU defers $77 million in project funding

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East Lansing, Mich. (WLNS) — Michigan State University reported that it will defer, pause or reconsider several million dollars of project funding for its campus facilities in the upcoming year due to COVID-19 budget shortfalls.

Additionally, a Criminal Justice and Psychology professor reports that the university is slashing its employees’ retirement contributions in half.

On Twitter, the professor wrote that the retirement contributions reduction is not a shared sacrifice because it “disproportionately impacts early-career faculty. Reducing money in early career (relative to late-career) significantly reduces lifetime earnings.”

Projects with deferred funding this year include:

  • The Hannah Administration building – alterations to the third floor ($4 million)
  • Wells Hall – replace induction units in buildings sections C and D ($6 million)
  • Munn Ice Arena – Addition 3 ($23 million)
  • Parking Lot 62W -IM West – Reconstruction ($795,000)

The university plans to put a halt on funding to 15 other projects, of the 15, six are academic-related, two others are auxiliary-classified and five are infrastructure-related. One is student activities-related and the other is study-related.

The total amount the university estimates in savings comes to about $77 million.

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