Alabama universities back to 'cutting board'

By: Rhiana Huckins Email
By: Rhiana Huckins Email

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Officials at college campuses around the state are going back to the cutting board to determine how to deal with the latest two percent increase in across-the-board budget cuts for higher education.

Auburn University spokesman Mike Clardy says the new proration means an additional $5.3 million has been taken out of the school's appropriation from the state and Auburn is looking at "more restrictive hiring" in the coming months.

A hiring freeze will continue at the University of South Alabama, where officials had already halted most new equipment purchases and stopped filling vacant positions.

Troy University officials say they hope to absorb the new two percent cut with changes it made after the initial 9 percent proration was announced in December.

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