Sunday, August 9, 2015

U Alaska Fairbanks cuts 150 positions as institution grapples with budget losses - Fairbanks Daily News-Miner editorial

Since the new state budget went into effect on July 1, impacts of this year’s $800 million in cuts have reached the public in a trickle, often one at a time as state departments end programs or close facilities when funding runs out. The Alaska State Troopers’ cold case unit announced a closure one week, and the Alaska Marine Highway System released a sparser transit schedule a few days hence. But when the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced the cuts it will make because of the leaner budget, that trickle became a flood, with hundreds of positions and program cuts revealed at once. For many in the Interior, the cuts are about to be real. UAF’s list announcing the $13.1 million in cuts going into effect at the campus this year was 11 pages long. All aspects of campus look to be affected, with more than 150 positions cut through layoffs, eliminating unfilled positions and consolidation of jobs.

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