Imminent Massive Cuts Could Force Layoffs at U of Alaska

Imminent Massive Cuts Could Force Layoffs at U of Alaska
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Governor's slashing of state funds has University of Alaska preparing for inevitable cost-cutting measures and faculty fearing declaration of financial exigency could enable dismissal of tenured professors. 

Stakeholders at the University of Alaska system spent the weekend preparing for a difficult future after the state's governor cut 41 percent of the system's state appropriations through a line-item budget veto. 

University leaders have begun an uphill battle to lobby members of the Legislature to override the veto and have warned that if they are unsuccessful, they will have to take drastic cost-saving measures.

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