- Associated Press - Friday, April 24, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Senior leaders at the University of Alaska Anchorage will being taking furloughs this summer in an effort to cut into a budget shorfall of $19.5 million.

Anchorage television station KTVA reports (https://is.gd/VdKCdy) the deficit could change since lawmakers in Juneau haven’t passed out a budget yet. The furloughs will be conducted across the University of Alaska system, and they’re only the first step.

University officials at the Anchorage campus anticipate announcements soon about layoffs, reduced hours and the elimination of positions.

The furloughs will be anywhere between five to 10 days and 167 employees system-wide. At the Anchorage campus, that will translate to furloughs for 69 leaders like officers and senior administrators. It’s estimated the furloughs will save about $270,000 at UAA.

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Information from: KTVA-TV, https://www.ktva.com

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