News for employees, Jan. 28, 2009

Vice provost's letter on Governor's budget recommendation

January 28, 2009

Colleagues --

At this point, you probably have heard through the media that the Governor’s fiscal recommendations for FY2010 call for a $14 million cut in the MU Extension budget. We are disappointed and perplexed with this development and are trying to understand the details.

Michael Ouart

MU Extension programs clearly mesh with the Governor’s priorities of creating jobs, caring for Missourians’ health and increasing access to education. As you know, more than 1 million Missourians depend directly on MU Extension programs to learn how to make their farms and businesses profitable; manage their personal and business finances; maintain and grow strong communities; help workers retool; lead healthy lifestyles, despite ongoing stress; and in sum, add value to the state’s economy.

The MU Extension cabinet is dealing with the immediate implications of the Governor’s recommendations, and I will keep you informed as possible. The best thing you can do at this time is to do your job and do it well. Individuals, and the MU Extension organization as a whole, need to perform at a very high level. Being concerned about job security is normal, and there are no guarantees. Every position in the University is being evaluated.

In the meantime, however, we must continue to be diligent in reducing spending, so I want to take this opportunity to clarify, as much as is possible, what the President’s and Chancellor’s policy guidelines mean for MU Extension. In addition to the information following, you will have opportunity for further discussion via a live streaming ITV session next month and a series of Centra conferences, to be scheduled.

First, some definite decisions have been in terms of budget reductions. The following events have been canceled or not scheduled for 2009:

Second, decisions are still pending regarding some events and committees, including:

At the same time, decisions to continue have been made for the following:

Please note also, as stated in the memo of Jan. 26, that use of overtime for non-exempt employees  “should occur only on unusual and documentable occasions and only with the specific written prior approval of the immediate supervisor and the next-level supervisor.” For more information about this policy, contact Melinda Adams.

While this memo provides guidance for budgetary decisions, I am fully aware that it does not answer every day-to-day decision you must make. I have confidence in your judgment and in the judgment of your supervisors to interpret the communications you have received with due diligence and in the spirit of using the taxpayers’ resources wisely.

We look forward to continued dialogue on these issues.

Michael --

President Forsee issues statement on Nixon budget

University of Missouri President Gary Forsee issued a statement today regarding Gov. Jay Nixon's State of the State address, including the recommend–
ation regarding Extension funding. Read more ...



Condolences are extended to:

Dana Bordine, McDonald County secretary on the death of her husband, Ed Bordine.

Carol Parmenter, retired 4-H youth development specialist, on the Jan. 17 death of her husband, Rudy Parmenter.

Marguerite Young, retired specialist, on the death of her husband, Gary Young.


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