UNLV asks taxpayers to make up $1.5M budget shortfall

It’s a BAD week for Nevada taxpayers who may be footing the bill for half of the University of Nevada, William S. Boyd School of Law’s $3 million budget deficit. The Nevada University regents are requesting $1.5 million from the state to supplement the deficit, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Dean Daniel Hamilton told the Board of Regents that the deficit is due to a decrease in enrollment. The law school saw a 20 percent drop from 150 students last year to 115 this fall. The university has plans to increase tuition by 4 percent each year for the next two years.

The university is also seeking private donations and cutting costs to help fill the void. it has implemented a hiring freeze and planned phased-out retirements of faculty. It is also considering voluntary buyouts for faculty.