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YSU to pass budget, Association of Classified Employees respond to employee cuts

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Just weeks after Youngstown State University hires Jim Tressel as it's new President, the university is forced to make some tough decisions due to budget cuts.

On Wednesday, 15 employees received notices notifying them of a permanent layoff.  The YSU trustees committee passed a new budget on Tuesday for fiscal year 2015.  They also approved not filling 43 job vacancies.

The new budget is just over two percent less than last year's, but when it's part of an overall $173 million total budget, that two percent accounts for millions of dollars.  Since 70% of the budget is personnel costs, the committee said that is where the bulk of the cuts need to be made.

Y.S.U. spokesperson, Ron Cole, said, "Over the course of the last three years, our revenue streams have decreased to the tune of over $20 million, combined with state reductions, as well as, reductions in revenue as a result of our enrollment decreases over the past years."

Cole said the 15 people receiving notices do not hold teaching positions, but a handful of the 43 vacant positions are.

Y.S.U. Trustee Harry Meshel said the university needs to streamline the number of courses it offers in order to save money.  "If you only have three people benefiting from a course, when you can do 30 in another course, then you need to look at that 30, as long as it fits in with the overall needs of the environment the community and the country," said Meshel.

Connie Frisby, YSU-ACE President, is upset with the layoffs. "The Administration is trying to balance their budget on the backs of the employees with abolishments and increases in tuition and fees. They cannot keep looking to employees, who have been tolerating taking home less money each year for the past three years in an attempt to ease the burden," said Frisby.

The budget is expected to be approved by the full board at its June 18th meeting.


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