University of Hawaii president David Lassner is asking the State Legislature to provide $3.56 million in supplemental funding to the school’s athletic programs this session.
In a briefing before members of the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee and House Finance Committee at the Capitol today, Lassner said he is seeking $3 million for Manoa and $560,000 for Hilo.
They are same amounts UH had unsuccessfully sought from Gov. David Ige. Ige last month sent his executive supplemental budget to the legislature without the money.
The Legislative session opens Jan. 20.
Manoa expects to operate at a $4.8 million deficit for the current fiscal year that ends June 30, 2016.
Just 24 of 230 Division I athletic programs met the NCAA’s self-sufficiency benchmarks in 2014, according to a USA Today survey.
Athletic director David Matlin has said UH has $5.2 million in “unique” costs due to its geography and other factors.