Thursday, August 13, 2009

LSU chancellor: Furloughs on hold

LSU Chancellor Mike Martin says plans to furlough university staff are “indefinitely on hold.”

Martin's initial budget plans had included 52-hour furloughs for non-faculty employees and an average 3 percent pay cut to help the school rebalance its budget amid state funding cuts in the new fiscal year that began July 1.

Martin said a hiring freeze enacted by Gov. Bobby Jindal that lets college campuses keep the savings from not filling vacant jobs means LSU can use those savings to stop the plan to send people home without pay.

The LSU chancellor warned that furlough plans could resurface with any further budget cuts.

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