Job cuts, furloughs, face Fresno State University

Fresno State will chop hundreds of jobs, slash class sections and even shut down for several days to offset massive budget cuts driven by the state's poor economy.

President John Welty on Thursday outlined a tentative plan to close a $44.6 million budget gap this fiscal year. The plan depends heavily on hefty student fee increases and two-day-a-month furloughs for nearly every employee, although not all employee unions have yet agreed.

Those measures leave the university still short by nearly $16.4 million, he said. Closing the remaining gap will require trimming 135 management and staff jobs through layoffs and attrition, eliminating nearly 1,200 fall class sections and cutting work for nontenured faculty jobs.

Last year, the university had more than 2,400 employees and a budget of more than $230 million.

Officials also will cut student jobs by up to a third, reduce library hours and spend less money on areas such as technology.

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