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15 December 2008


Dr. Meehan's Statement on
Gov. Riley's Deficit Prevention Plan

Following Gov. Bob Riley's December 15 press conference announcing a Deficit Prevention Plan that will result in an education budget effective proration rate of nine percent and a freeze on state hiring and merit raises for state employees, JSU President Dr. William A. Meehan issued the following statement:

"JSU is aware of Governor Riley's mandate and we are reviewing our budgets at this time. We know that it affects all of education from pre-k through graduate school. We realize that economic times are affecting business and families throughout the nation and we will do our duty as the Governor directs.

"We're all in the same economic boat and we're going to make sure ours continues to float."

The JSU Public Relations Office will continue to report on the University's response to Gov. Riley's Deficit Prevention Plan as the story develops. In the meantime, here are some links to press coverage from throughout the state:

From WSFA 12 News in Montgomery:
Governor Riley Announces Deficit Prevention Plan

From The Birmingham News:
Updated: Alabama Gov. Bob Riley declares proration: School funding cut 9 percent




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