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UMD Details $2.5 Mil in Cuts; Free Bus Rides May be on Chopping Block

Updated: 02/24/2014 11:19 PM
Created: 02/24/2014 10:48 PM WDIO.com
By: Zach Hammer
zhammer@wdio.com

Related Story: UMD Prepares for Looming Budget Cuts

The University of Minnesota has released a draft document detailing more than $2.5 million in proposed cuts at UMD. 

On Friday, Chancellor Lendley Black outlined how they plan to "decrease expenses, increase revenues, and find new efficiencies" under program prioritization.

According to a document distributed Monday, departments are already implementing voluntary layoffs of 12 faculty members, 49 staff members, and reducing the hours of 5 additional staff members. That move is expected to save UMD over $1 million in recurring salaries. 

But, the school is looking to cut about $9.4 million over the next several years, meaning several more cost-saving measures will need to be considered.

One hot-button issue brought up at the town hall-style meeting Monday was charging a bus fee for students using the DTA.

"Most universities have a transportation fee, we do not," said Chancellor Black. "So this is one of the reasons that we brought it up: as a way that we can better manage our costs."

Bus fare has been waived for students since 2000 under the U-Pass program.

Chancellor Black says more finalized details could come after a March 7th budget meeting.

Until then, they are still seeking more public input.

You can send your ideas by using the form here.

You can read a complete list of the proposed cuts here.

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