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Unions disappointed in YSU cuts to trim budget

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Youngstown State University unions, have issued a statement expressing disapproval of proposed budget cuts and layoffs.

The statement says the unions are disappointed that personnel will be cut, rather than "exploring innovative solutions."

The unions say the cuts were formulated without input from faculty.

The university says the proposed cuts are part of comprehensive plan to address a $6.6 million budget deficit.

YSU President Dr. Randy Dunn said,"Three consecutive years of enrollment declines, combined with consistent reductions in state operating appropriations, has resulted in a significant structural budget deficit that requires us to immediately implement cost savings measures."

According to a university news release, the actions include:

  • All discretionary spending across the university (i.e. travel, equipment, etc.) is frozen unless expressly approved by division vice presidents. Projected savings: $2.9 million.
  • Operating budget reductions across campus, ranging from office supplies and printing to postage and maintenance costs. Projected savings: $1.4 million.
  • Reduction in technology expenditures, significantly deferring or delaying infrastructure updates (i.e. servers, electronic switches, phone systems, etc.). Projected savings: $750,000.
  • Personnel reductions, including layoff of five full-time and four part-time non-faculty employees. Projected savings: $663,000.
  • Improved enrollment in Spring semester 2014. Projected to generate $315,000 in additional revenue.
  • Overhead from campus auxiliaries (i.e. Kilcawley Center, housing, etc.). Expected to generate $300,000 in additional revenue.
  • Voluntary furlough or vacation day give backs. Employees across campus will be asked to voluntarily take non-paid furlough days or to voluntarily give up vacation days. Projected savings: $230,000.
  • Reductions in energy usage across campus, including possible power-down over holiday week in December. Projected savings: $150,000.

In the past two fiscal years, YSU has lost $16 million in revenue due to decreased enrollment and state allocations. This current fiscal year, tuition/enrollment revenue and state funding are down an additional $4.2 million.

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