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Wyoming House refuses to support major education cuts

According to the Casper Star Tribune,

Under the proposal, the governor would have had significant leeway to dip into the state’s school foundation account and reduce UW’s budget by up to 25 percent in an effort to balance the budget.

Southern Utah University president to work for free next academic year

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 29May2016

According to KSL-TV,

“I mentioned during our April 16th virtual forum that I would be the first layoff. Meaning, I will go without a salary if layoffs become necessary. They are now necessary and I am holding to that commitment,” Wyatt wrote to staff in an email obtained by KSL.com on Friday. “I have had others reach out to me with offers to help with a temporary salary reduction, early retirement, or willingness to take on additional responsibilities. Everything will help.”

Wyatt is the highest-paid employee at the university. KSL NewsRadio reported in 2018 that his base salary was $274,000 that year.

NY TIMES: Is Saudi “vision” for future dead?

The New York Times offers a critical look at Saudi Arabia, suggesting that the economic fallout from coronavirus plus other questionable economic decisions will significantly change the country.

“We’re really worried,” said Abdulrahman, a 52-year-old trader in car parts and construction materials in Riyadh who, like many Saudis, asked to be identified only by first name to speak openly about government policy. “The ultimate suffering is going to the end users. The middle and lower class will suffer a lot from this.”

Minnesota Public Radio cuts six staffers

According to the Star-Tribune,

“I have decided to leave @MPRnews at the end of the month, mindful of the challenging financial picture ahead, and through the company’s voluntary separation program,” McCallum said in a tweet this week. “After nearly 27 years in various roles, it’s time for a change!”

China says Taiwan must accept Chinese authority in order to attend WHO meeting

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The Guardian reports China is putting a stipulation on Taiwan’s attendance at an upcoming World Health Organization gathering that equates to the rawest of politics.

Taiwan had observer status at the WHO for seven years until 2016, when it was blocked by China, as it has been every year since. Beijing believes Taiwan is deploying the WHO issue as a route to recognition internationally.

Donald Trump – locked into a multifaceted dispute with China – is already withholding US funds from the WHO, which he describes as “China-centric.”

He has led the calls for Taiwan to be admitted to the UN body, and support is also coming from Australia, the UK, Japan, Canada, Germany and New Zealand. China is also concerned it may be losing the support of India on the issue.