A message from President Caret regarding temporary furloughs for university employees

December 4, 2008

You may have heard that Governor Martin O’Malley announced a proposal for temporary furloughs for more than 67,000 state workers in an effort to reduce part of the state’s looming budget deficit. The proposed furloughs will save the state an estimated $34.4 million.

Although plans have not been finalized, we know that all state employees will be asked to take from two to five furlough days, depending on salary, by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2009.

While most state employees will be required to take furloughs December 26 and January 2, we hope that University System of Maryland employees will be given some flexibility because of pre-scheduled university closures. Within the next week USM presidents will discuss the logistics of the furlough plan.

I understand that this is important to you and your families, and we will continue to inform you of the latest developments as we learn them. Thank you for your patience, understanding, and commitment to Towson University as we work together during these difficult economic times.






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