The Legislature’s initial state budget proposals calling for the closing of four community colleges caught many lawmakers off guard. But what largely escaped their attention–the slashing of health benefits across all such institutions–is what concerns community college officials the most, the New York Times. The Senate’s proposed budget would finance only 50 percent of health care costs for community college employees, down from 83 percent currently. The House budget would cover even less, about one-fifth of current financing, or $75 per eligible employee per month. If these cuts are approved, community colleges will have to scramble to squeeze millions of dollars more out of their already tight budgets–most likely leading to fewer teachers, fewer classes and higher tuition for their growing population of students…

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