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CSU Puts Salaries, Hiring in Deep Freeze

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The perilous state of the California budget has had a rippling effect on institutions and employees for months now. The California State University has been no exception, and now its officials have announced that things are about to get even chillier on their 23 campuses with the arrival of a salary and hiring freeze aimed at controlling costs. Those affected by the freeze, according to the Daily News are "senior administrators, including campus presidents and the chancellor," with the additional implementation of "a hiring freeze on all but essential positions, canceled purchases of equipment and supplies and restricted employee travel."

Fortunately educators are not on this list, but the impact of the budget has affected teachers and students in the CSU for some time now, from increased class sizes to enrollment caps to lack of adequate resources and halting construction, all of which have dire long-term consequences and stem from Governor Schwarzenegger's propsed $66.3 million in budget reductions for the current school year. A press release issued by the CSU's Chancellor, Charles Reed, explains:

We have also been forced to suspend and shut down state-funded design and construction projects on all of our campuses in response to the state’s freezing of $600 million in general-obligation and lease revenue bonds used to finance these projects. Unfortunately, hundreds of projects will be affected including libraries, performing arts centers, classrooms, administration buildings, seismic upgrades, laboratories and more.
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