Furloughs ahead for MCG, ASU

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Six days of furloughs lie ahead for Medical College of Georgia and Augusta State University personnel, and potentially even layoffs for some at MCG, as schools submitted their plans Monday for further state budget cuts.

University System of Georgia institutions had until Monday afternoon to lay out ideas for cutting 4 percent, 6 percent and up to 8 percent from already ravaged budgets.

Both Augusta schools will implement furloughs, with half coming before the end of the calendar year at MCG. A 4 percent cut would mean chopping $6.1 million for MCG, and 8 percent would mean $12.2 million, said William Bowes, senior vice president for finance and administration. At the lower end, the MCG cuts could be made up by the furloughs and eliminating some of the 90 vacant positions, Mr. Bowes said.

At the highest level, it would mean eliminating positions and possibly as many as 55 layoffs, he said.

"We're trying to avoid that as much as we can," he said.

Augusta State's furloughs will save it about $700,000, the largest part of its cost-cutting measure, according to information submitted by the school. It is unclear from that information what level of cut it was planning, but the cut totaled $2,245,230.

More than $600,000 will be saved by eliminating eight faculty positions and two staff positions. The full-time faculty positions will be filled by part-time faculty.

"Eliminating eight faculty positions will increase our reliance on part-time faculty to meet the academic needs of our students, which is counterproductive," ASU reported to the state. "There is no doubt that the overall quality of instruction at ASU would be enhanced by reducing our dependency on part-time faculty and would lead to higher rates of retention, graduation and overall student satisfaction."

An additional $100,000 will be saved by delaying the filling of other positions.

The university intends to stretch the life of its office supplies and equipment, reducing those costs $250,000 by cutting back on purchases. Minor campus maintenance also will be reduced by $250,000.

The cuts at MCG are not intended to keep students from getting a quality education or the services they need, although some maintenance and custodial services might have to be modified, Mr. Bowes said. And while funds for medical school expansion also are taking a hit, that will not affect plans to enroll students next year at a satellite campus in Athens in conjunction with the University of Georgia, Mr. Bowes said.

Reach Tom Corwin at (706) 823-3213 or tom.corwin@augustachronicle.com.

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LauraHutche
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LauraHutche 07/28/09 - 07:23 am
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I know that the furloughs are

I know that the furloughs are a necessary thing to help keep our jobs, but it is going to be hard to manage my budget and pay all of my bills with this reduction, but some how GOD willing I and others will survive.

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Riverman1 07/28/09 - 07:24 am
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So we can't pay to keep MCG

So we can't pay to keep MCG running as it should be, but we can start another medical school in Athens?

Serioun
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Serioun 07/28/09 - 07:39 am
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Riverman1 you are so warm to

Riverman1 you are so warm to the problem. At MCG, we were suppose to have a hiring freeze, but I know for a fact at least 6 people have been hired in one area and who knows in others. Some positions were new, and others were those which laid dormant for months and they just decided to hire somebody. There is no big brother here, just politics. Also, the rapid expansion to Athens and Savannah, not to mention the new dental school were all ill advised in an economy which has been damaged. It's all political and not practical.

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Waymore 07/28/09 - 07:42 am
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When do welfare receipients

When do welfare receipients and others getting government handouts get furloughed?

Serioun
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Serioun 07/28/09 - 07:55 am
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Waymore, your comment makes

Waymore, your comment makes no sense, so why don't you have a beer? Here is something for MCG, how about cutting traveling (these are the most traveling people I have ever seen). My husband was suppose to go to a conference for his job, and the trip was canceled due to funding. So many things they could do, but they will need a professional to come in who has Human Resource experience and is neutral, and of course have those changes be binding. I say binding so that no politics come into play (nepotism, golfing buddy, my babysitters sister), ect...

Waymore
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Waymore 07/28/09 - 08:13 am
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Serioun, my post makes

Serioun, my post makes perfect sense. True, the state needs to stop wasting money, but if we are cutting working people's salaries, those getting handouts need a little cut in "pay" too. What happens when tax revenues plummet because of furloughs? If government workers lose benefits, government "receivers" should lose benefits, too. Why should workers, who contribute, be penalized for the economy, when those who only take, don't?

liveandlearn
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liveandlearn 07/28/09 - 08:51 am
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Seriously, whose freakin idea

Seriously, whose freakin idea was it to institute policies where it is mandatory for people to work without pay? Would you tell a doctor that he has to perform a double bypass surgery and not get paid??? I don't think so. So why would you tell a teacher that is providing your child with education that they now have to work for no pay???

misterme
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misterme 07/28/09 - 09:42 am
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Keep making "necessary" cuts

Keep making "necessary" cuts in education and you will not have any doctors capable of performing any type of surgery.

Serioun
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Serioun 07/28/09 - 09:49 am
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Shark55, you are right, I got

Shark55, you are right, I got more information from the news than we do at work (I am employed at MCG). You hear it on the news and then come to work and receive a email from the University mid afternoon. Are they just copying the information from the news? They go and smile with the Commissioners and maybe at the Governors office, but we know the truth, and now everybody else does too. It's (MCG) is poorly managed and a incubator for nepotism, political maneuvers and out of control spending. Each school competes for funds, and it never stops. If one get something the other wants something bigger. There is no thought of employees or patients. Welcome to our world.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 07/28/09 - 10:44 am
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This is change you can

This is change you can believe in...and hope and so on.

Serioun
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Serioun 07/28/09 - 11:27 am
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Sure Georgias#1, blame the

Sure Georgias#1, blame the black man. You usually do. But this is a long time coming...if each of us looked in the mirror you will find who is to blame..

Oh I am sick and Tired
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Oh I am sick and Tired 07/28/09 - 11:51 am
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I have a question for you all

I have a question for you all to ponder. A few months ago listed in the chronicle were the salaries of some of Richmond County Teachers. WHY IN THE WORLD is a gym teacher at Laney High School making $68,180.80? Not only does this person need to be furloughed but the salary needs to be thought out again. There is no way this salary can be justified. You have college professors who do not make that much. Mr. Suprintendent please explain. There is no excuse for this. I dont care how many extra things this person volunteers for that salary is OUTRAGEOUS. I know people have to live but come on. Lets not deplete the funds because we can. Masters degree or what? And if you saw that gym teacher she is not prime example of what a gym teacher should look like. I beg to differ!

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REDRIDER 07/28/09 - 11:58 am
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Cut Maintenance thats always

Cut Maintenance thats always there way of handling budget cuts. If you don't have lights, heat, A/C, water power, steam, thats all right.Build new buildings with out hiring more people to maintan them.Cut some of them $400,000.00 jobs people in the Board of Reagins egnore.

Serioun
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Serioun 07/28/09 - 11:59 am
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Beg, try to learn also. This

Beg, try to learn also. This person may also serve in other positions or teach another class. Also, if they have a PhD they would also be given something extra. Why, because it is school and education is rewarded and expected, and $68,000 may be a lot to you, but it is considered middle class. Don't be mad, be glad that some people can and do make the sacrifice to further their education beyond your grasp.

amazedbywhatiread
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amazedbywhatiread 07/28/09 - 12:13 pm
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I agree with Waymore. Why

I agree with Waymore. Why shouldn't welfare and others on assistance get a cut in the amount on their EBT card or a reduction in WIC? I have a 6 month old and I PAY dearly for his formula EVERY time I go to the store yet I am getting my pay reduced to help the economy. My family is doing without we have amoung the 2 of us $50 bucks in order to buy our son formula, diapers, basic food supplies (bread, milk), toliet paper (yeah we have ONE roll left), and the gas to get to the store. Yet someone can sit on their ____ and get FREE food and FREE medical care. I think if the working class has to take a cut then cut some of the non working freebies we as a state dish out every month. Because when I finally do get paid at the end of this week and have to fight the crowds during the tax free holiday it is going to make me sick when I get in a line and watch someone in front of my use an EBT card with a cart full of food while I have to budget and cut out coupons. BTW we are considered middle class - what a joke!

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Fiat_Lux 07/28/09 - 12:14 pm
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Serioun, I'm willing to bet

Serioun, I'm willing to bet you are one of those women at MCG who sit around all day doing as little as possible for your paycheck, all the while gossiping and stirring up trouble and hurting morale among your co-workers. And you probably don't hesitate to pull the race card if someone has the timerity to call you on the carpet or offer a word of criticism to you. I've seen it going on for years, so don't bother replying. If you're at work right now, you probably know without my saying it that you aren't supposed to be using your work computer for stuff like online forums anyway.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/28/09 - 12:16 pm
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And BTW, Obama's race is

And BTW, Obama's race is irrelevant to pretty much everybody commenting here except black racists. Most of us who despise him do so because he is so completely ill-equipped to do his job, but still is so arrogant that he doesn't realize what an offensive fool he's made out of himself even to our allies. The man has tunnel vision, and that's really dangerous in this day and age.

ltsmith
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ltsmith 07/28/09 - 01:47 pm
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ha ha ha i don't work for mcg

ha ha ha i don't work for mcg anymore i left and am happy!! why don't you all leave too and stop complaining!!!

mary_snead
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mary_snead 07/28/09 - 02:12 pm
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We could save mega bucks by

We could save mega bucks by doing away with furnished mansions for our universities' presidents!

mcgemployee
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mcgemployee 07/28/09 - 04:15 pm
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To the couple of people who

To the couple of people who work at MCG who said you had to find this out on the news - an e-mail was sent out yesterday afternoon and it had all of the same info in it that was in this article. I am not defending MCG though, because I think it is just ridiculous that they are still insisting that they are going to expand to Athens and people might possibly get laid off here in Augusta! Just proof positive that someone's political agenda is what's really guiding this. Isn't it funny how so many well-known, influential, and important Georgians/Augustans raised concerns and objections about this expansion, yet it is going on anyway! Even though there will be job loss here. Makes me sick!

noils
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noils 07/28/09 - 04:49 pm
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Military retirees who are

Military retirees who are double dipping at MCG and ASU should be the first to go. Most of the other employees have nothing to fall back on.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/28/09 - 05:11 pm
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Right Mary. Do away with all

Right Mary. Do away with all the perks that come with being president of a state university medical school and watch what happens to the pool of applicants the next time the job opens up. You get what you're willing to pay for, and if you do the cheapskate, you get the secondrate and the sorry. The same kind of thing is going to happen to us when Obama and the 400 Thieves turn every doctor in the United States into federal government employees. The smart people aren't going to put themselves through the hardship and huge cost of a medical school education for the priviledge of earning a fixed salary struggling against Uncle Barry's gigantic bureaucracy to provide substandard medical care for their poor patients.

mable8
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mable8 07/28/09 - 05:27 pm
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And University Hospital tells

And University Hospital tells their employees they can't have a pay raise this year, then rip out the gardens and bring in new landscaping just because they have a "beautification" program. Like many of the businesses, water rationing isn't in their purview; they figure the need to ration water excludes them because they want greenery. The point is, there is just so much wasteful spending and mismanagement going on; the CEO's need to take a closer look at what they are doing before asking people to take unpaid time off, accept a cut in pay, or work for no pay (a method of forced "donations" to the good of the company...and to xxxxx with your monetary problems). By the way, a great deal of the economic problems are a direct result of the "change you can believe in" scam.

mcgemployee
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mcgemployee 07/28/09 - 06:23 pm
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Mable8, the economic disaster

Mable8, the economic disaster we are dealing with right now came to us courtesy of 8 years of Bush. How could Obama be responsible for something that was already happening when he took office??

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 07/28/09 - 06:27 pm
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The problems have been

The problems have been building for decades. The disaster is coming at us in the form of Obama's 'solutions'.

mcgemployee
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mcgemployee 07/28/09 - 07:15 pm
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Toxic mortgages were not

Toxic mortgages were not "building for decades". I am the first generation of my family that hasn't had the enjoyable experience of prospering more financially than did my parents before me. My father paid cash for every automobile he ever bought. He put four children through college and had a home paid for way before he reached retirement age. Won't be that way for me! Unchecked, unforgivable greed in this country ruined all that. A lot of blame goes to companies that are publicly traded on Wall St. Greed, greed, greed. It has not been building for decades, plural, maybe ONE decade though.

The Ode
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The Ode 07/28/09 - 10:03 pm
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mcgemployee - take some

mcgemployee - take some responsibility for yourself and the choices you have made. Nothing that a suit on Wall St has done hasn't affected you one single bit. No single corporation has made you live beyond your means and make poor choices. Stop blaming others and quit looking for a handout and learn how to take care of yourself. You don't always get everything you want. It is called life.

Serioun
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Serioun 07/29/09 - 07:43 am
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TheOde, exactly how old are

TheOde, exactly how old are you 100? Do you have any cognitive abilities left? Everything that goes on on Wallstreet has a effect on main street America. It's been in the news and on TV, do you have a TV or read the news? Why don't you try responding to a comment on the same level of intelligence in which the comment is written, or better yet, just don't respond at all. Because your comments make no sense and are not relevant.

Serioun
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Serioun 07/29/09 - 07:45 am
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Fiat_Lux, the race card comes

Fiat_Lux, the race card comes from a hand that was delt to me. Don't blame me, blame to dealer, which you are obviously one of. Look and the mirror and work with him or her if you want to make a difference. Or break the mirror and shut up!!

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