ASU Budget Cut, Layoffs Avoided

February 21, 2003
Posted at: 3:20 p.m. CST

JONESBORO, Ark. -- Arkansas State University will be able to avoid layoffs as it absorbs $840,000 in budget cuts but salary increases for some employees will be cut.

University President Les Wyatt says some raises will be lost from its ``market equity adjustments,'' which brings salaries of certain employees into line with the average on the job market.

Wyatt says all but the most critical of open positions will fall under the hiring freeze. Since the state started cutting back, Wyatt says ASU's total is $4 million.

Wyatt says raises for faculty and staff and restoring those cuts remains a priority.

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