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State lawmaker among U of L layoffs

State lawmaker among U of L layoffs

Posted: Thursday, July 5, 2012 6:00 pm

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — State Rep. Reggie Meeks is among about two dozen employees who have recently lost their jobs as the University of Louisville makes cuts to deal with a budget shortfall.
A university spokeswoman said the cuts are an effort to trim costs before the start of the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins Sunday.
Meeks, a Louisville Democrat, told The Courier-Journal ( losing his job underscores the “dire financial straits the state is in.” He said legislators need to act to protect education funding.
“I am just hopeful that something is said or done that turns on the light bulb,” he said.
University spokeswoman Cindy Hess said the school’s deans and department heads have up to a year to make cuts to deal with a $49.7 million hole in the school’s budget brought on by a 6.4 percent reduction in state funds.
Since the 2007-08 school year, the General Assembly has reduced its funding to UofL to $163 million from $191 million. At the same time, the school has increased tuition each year.
The University of Kentucky also recently announced that it had let go of 140 employees to close a $44 million shortfall.
Meeks has worked at the university for 22 years. He most recently worked as associate director for outreach programs in the College of Arts & Sciences. Meeks said he doesn’t know what he’ll do next.
“I think that I have a broad skill set and I think I have connections throughout the commonwealth that will serve me well in finding a position,” he said.
Information from: The Courier-Journal,

Published in The Messenger 7.5.12


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