After two years without raises for university faculty and staff, President Stan Albrecht’s main goal in the upcoming Utah legislative session is to obtain more money to pay them.”Discussions I’ve been having with legislators around the state, and with the governor’s budget advisers, suggest that we face significant challenges on that front,” Albrecht said, “but we’ll do the best we can.”In 2006, University employees received a 3.5 percent raise, and in 2007, their increase was as high as 5 percent, Provost Raymond Coward said.Last week, Albrecht sent an e-mail to all university employees expressing his thoughts, goals and feelings on the university’s financial situation. He provided an early assessment of the upcoming legislation and reviewed the the role state revenues play in the overall economic state of USU.”I am worried about the slow pace of the economic recovery and what that means for Utah State University, our students, faculty and staff,” he said.However, Albrecht said he remains optimistic.”Even though it’s not over completely, we’ve gone through the worst of the recession,” he said.One of the biggest problems that hit USU during the recession was budget cuts. These cuts led to the university having to cut jobs and find ways to save money. A mandatory furlough was set for the week of Spring Break in 2009, which saved money on salaries.
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