Report: UA president announces hiring, travel freeze

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen has announced a hiring and travel freeze following the announcement of line-item vetoes from Gov. Michael Dunleavy.

    According to KTUU TV in Anchorage, he also announced that all university staff is getting a 60-day notice of furlough. "There’ll be a number of other aggressive cost management steps to be taken immediately," Johnsen said.

    Dunleavy announced that he would line-item veto $130 million from the state's funding for the University of Alaska from the Legislature's approved budget. The veto is along the lines of the governor's original budget proposal he made in February.

    President Johnsen called the governor's veto a "devastating reduction."

    He said that in response to the governor's cuts, the UA Board of Regents voted to give Johnsen "authority to make interim decisions that are consistent with budget reductions."

    The Legislature can still override each of the governor's line-item vetoes with a three-quarter majority of members, and Johnsen said advocacy will be a huge priority in the coming weeks.

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