UMN Regents begin a busy meeting

Hi, MPR’s Tim Post here.  I’ll do my best to post a few items today while my colleague Alex Friedrich is taking part in an all day training session.

I’m in place at the University of Minnesota for the board of regents meeting, and we’re looking at a jam-packed agenda.

A provisional budget will be presented.  It contains a tuition increase, cuts to academic programs, layoffs and a wage freeze for employees.  The regents get a first look at the 2012 budget today, they’ll vote on it later in the month.  Here’s the the story I did for MPR news this morning on the budget.

After today’s meeting, the regents will hold a one hour public forum on next year’s budget. That runs from noon to 1pm.

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    Please, will someone take a look at how the U is spending their money? The Dean of the business school is paid over $800,000 per year. A receptionist at the U is paid $19 per hour. Both of these pay rates are totally out of whack, and when the U says it is going to freeze wages, they are being disingenuous at best. Staff was told there would be no wage increases this year, as long as you don’t count all the people who got wage increases this year. A simple 10% pay cut across the board would be huge, and would mean more students could afford their tuition. Nearly every meeting with staff or faculty is catered. Does your employer feed you to attend a meeting? Departments all over the University send out costly, glossy mailings to everyone in the University, including many people who have no interest in what they have to say, when simply sending an e-mail would take less manpower, time and cost. There are hundreds, if not thousands of ways to actually save money at the U, but nobody wants to look for them, and nobody wants to risk losing what they are budgeted for, so everybody wastes money every day. I saw the same mind set when I worked for Hennepin County. No one wants to reduce costs because they are afraid of having their budget cut, so no one works to find waste. Instead, they work for ways to spend all their budgeted money at the end of the year. If the students knew where their tuition money was going, perhaps some necessary changes could be forced upon the people in power.