The University of Hawaii athletic department did not get any of the $3 million in supplemental funds it was seeking from Gov. David Ige’s budget, it was announced today.
Ige’s executive supplemental budget, which was released today, included some of the approximately $16.2 million the school sought for a variety of operating funds, including $4 million for the Cancer Center, but none were earmarked for athletics.
The Board of Regents had earlier endorsed a request for $3 million for UH-Manoa and $500,000 for UH-Hilo.
The funds were to be used to help pay for gender equity and travel costs.
UH officials will present to the State House and Senate next month requests for supplemental funds, including athletics, President David Lassner said.
Manoa ran a $4.2 million deficit for the fiscal year that concluded June 30, 2015 and is projected to operte at a $4.8 million deficit for the current fiscal year that ends June 30, 2016.
State money is a cornerstone of UH athletic director David Matlin’s plan to balance the Manoa athletic budget by 2020.
Matlin has said that UH, because of its geography, has $5.2 million in “unique” costs.
A USA Today report said just 24 of 230 Division I programs meet the NCAA’s self sufficiency benchmarks.