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Chancellor Biddy Martin’s statement on state fiscal situation

May 7, 2009

“Today, Governor Doyle announced more cuts in the state budget in light of this week’s figures, which show an additional $1.5 billion shortfall. He said deeper cuts to state government spending will reach at least 5 percent.

“We will know more in the coming days, but as of now, the governor has announced that non-represented state employees will forgo the 2 percent pay increases that were to be effective in June.

“In addition, state employees will be expected to take off eight days without pay during each of the next two fiscal years. In his press conference, the governor indicated that some employees will be exempt from the furlough requirement.

“Unfortunately, at this point, we do not have more precise information about how the university will be affected. I am writing to assure you that we will keep you informed as we learn more.”