21 de novembro de 2008
Planning for financial constraint
The continuing uncertainty about the length and depth of the economic downturn makes accurate predictions impossible. However, we must take action now to plan for a protracted period of financial constraint, while at the same time remaining flexible for a future in which the economy may improve or worsen.
Taking all these factors into account, we can reasonably anticipate the need to decrease spending by about 10-15% over the next two to three years. In the current budget planning cycle for FY10, we will plan for a base budget reduction of 5%. Future years will undoubtedly require additional cuts by all units. As all of you who manage budgets know, achieving a base budget reduction of this magnitude is a very serious exercise; we will tackle it together, through a careful three-year implementation plan, beginning with a number of practical short-term actions.
Susan Hockfield, Presidente do MIT
Letter to the Community on MIT Finances