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Spending Freezes at Md. Public Universities, Including SU

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BALTIMORE (AP/WBOC) - Spending freezes are now in place at the majority of Maryland's public universities as they prepare for a projected $900 million state budget shortfall over two years.

More than half a dozen universities in the state confirmed Thursday that they have implemented various spending restrictions, including Salisbury University.

“The spending freeze impacts Salisbury University as it is delaying hiring replacement faculty and staff and reducing current operating budgets, both of which may negatively impact services,” Betty Crockett said, SU's vice president of administration and finance. “Since the amount of the funding reduction is not yet known, the University is currently reviewing budget reduction scenarios.”

The freezes come after the University System of Maryland directed each of its 12 institutions to tighten their belts to prepare for a nearly $300 million state budget deficit for the current fiscal year and another projected $600 million in fiscal 2016.

The spending freeze may include hiring freezes, salary freezes, travel restrictions, and delays of equipment purchases and facility renewal projects.

SU says it is starting to think about ways to makeup for the deficit, and is considering the potential impact on tuition.

“As the amount of the funding reduction for Salisbury University has not yet been determined, it is too early to know whether or not a tuition increase will be part of the solution,” Crockett said. “Any time a reduction in state support is proposed, the University must strategically determine whether to reduce services or increase tuition to continue to provide existing services to offset some or all of the reduction.”

In addition to Salisbury University, the University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland already have a freeze in place.


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