budget cuts http://wfpl.org en State Representative Included in U of L Layoffs http://wfpl.org/post/state-representative-included-u-l-layoffs <p>Kentucky State Rep. Reggie Meeks, D-Louisville, has been laid off from his job as director of outreach at the University of Louisville due to budget cuts.</p><p>Meeks revealed his job status during an <a href="http://mycn2.com/politics/rep-meeks-is-among-those-laid-off-at-of-uofl-laments-loss-of-quality-and-rising-tuition">interview</a> with Ryan Alessi of CN/2, in which he criticized rising tuition at the state&#39;s public universities.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-wbOCexELmE" width="480"></iframe></p><p>WFPL previously <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/most-state-universities-avoiding-major-layoffs">reported that U of L expected up to 20 employee layoffs</a> in various departments, which was subject to decisions made by deans or department leaders.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 17:55:21 +0000 Kenny Colston 804 at http://wfpl.org Most State Universities Avoiding Major Layoffs http://wfpl.org/post/most-state-universities-avoiding-major-layoffs <p>The majority of the state&#39;s public universities are not following the University of Kentucky&#39;s lead in laying off a large number of employees to balance the budget.</p><p>UK announced this week that 140 employees will be laid off and 160 unfilled positions will be eliminated. But other public universities like Murray State, Eastern and Western Kentucky aren&rsquo;t doing the same. Some schools are using hiring and pay freezes to deal with budget cuts from the state, but others, like Western, aren&#39;t using personnel to balance budgets at all.</p> Thu, 07 Jun 2012 18:06:43 +0000 Kenny Colston 570 at http://wfpl.org State Agency That Serves the Blind Considering Budget Cuts http://wfpl.org/post/state-agency-serves-blind-considering-budget-cuts <p><em>From Stu Johnson, Kentucky Public Radio</em></p><p>A cash-strapped Kentucky Office for the Blind is considering some cost-cutting measures.</p> Mon, 14 May 2012 20:46:01 +0000 Rick Howlett 195 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Court Employees Will Be Furloughed for Three Days http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-court-employees-will-be-furloughed-three-days <p>&nbsp;</p><p>For the first time in a generation, Kentucky courts will temporarily close due to budget cuts.</p><p>All state court employees will be furloughed on August 6, September 4, and October 15 of this year.</p><p>Chief Justice John Minton says except for holidays, this will be the first time since 1976 that the courts have closed.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 16:49:40 +0000 Kenny Colston 104 at http://wfpl.org