Wednesday, November 18, 2009

UNO chancellor to hold budget forum Thurs

The University of Nebraska at Omaha Chancellor John Christensen will host a campus forum explaining the university budget on Nov. 19 from 10 to 11 a.m.

The forum will focus on any possible changes to the 2009-10 UNO budget coming out of the special session of the Nebraska Legislature.

"We want to share with everyone what we know," Christensen said in a statement. "There will be questions that we won't be able to answer, but beginning this conversation again is extremely important.”

This comes after NU President J.B. Milliken said during testimony at the special session of Nebraska Legislature more than 300 jobs will be cut from the University of Nebraska system.

Milliken said the cuts are the result of the state budget cuts Governor Dave Heineman has proposed.

Under the proposal, the university system would have to cut $9 million in spending and an additional $17 million would be cut from the 2010-11 university budget.

Milliken also said in his testimony the cuts will affect UNO and Kearney campuses the most, as both have higher demands in salary increases over the next two years.

Faculty at UNO is scheduled for a 3.8-percent pay raise in that time., which Milliken said leaves UNO with fewer options in taking budget cuts.

Thursday’s forum will be in the Dodge Rooms on the third floor of the Milo Bail Student Center and early arrival is encouraged, as only 140 seats are available.

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