$400 million budget cuts set by state UM System cuts are just the tip of the iceberg.

September 25, 1991|By Thomas W. Waldron and Melody Simmons | Thomas W. Waldron and Melody Simmons,Evening Sun Staff

The $11.4 million the Schaefer administration has ordered the University of Maryland System to cut from its budget is part of a statewide $400 million budget-reduction package that is nearing completion.

The cuts have forced the UM Board of Regents to propose a permanent 16 percent tuition increase next fall, in addition to a one-time, 15-percent surcharge for the 1992 spring semester.

The statewide budget reduction plan is expected to include layoffs of as many as 1,000 state employees, said State House sources. Gov. William Donald Schaefer plans to ask the Board of Public Works to approve some cuts next week.

"Everybody's really going to scream," one administration official said. "This is a lot of money."

In a painful round of budget-scouring, state agencies are identifying places to cut to meet budget targets set by administration officials.

The cuts are expected to include a reduction in aid to local governments as well as massive cuts in state programs. Officials are considering "rolling over" some expenditures into the next fiscal year as a stopgap budget-balancing measure.

The administration has kept secret most of the specific cuts, in part to reduce last-minute lobbying from advocacy groups, employee unions and others, officials said.

Details surfaced first at the University of Maryland. Administrators at some of the UM system's 11 institutions say the latest round of budget trimming will lead to layoffs, furloughs and increased class sizes, as well as tuition increases.

UM Baltimore County President Michael Hooker said he worries that a third budget cut is inevitable unless a tax increase is approved by the General Assembly. A UMBC administrator said the latest order to cut $885,000 will mean layoffs.

"Now, we're cut to the bone," said Katie Ryan, spokeswoman for the University of Baltimore, which was ordered last week to cut $357,000 after weathering a $1.4 million cut in August.

UM College Park will have to cut $4.3 million in addition to the recent cut of $8.5 million, said spokeswoman Roz Hiebert. President William Kirwan yesterday released details of a plan to raise $1 million by furloughing up to 4,000 employees for up to three days without pay.

At Towson State, President Hoke L. Smith was working on a plan to trim $948,000 in the new round of cuts. That is in addition to $2.6 million the university cut last month.

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