Feb. 10, 2015
At this morning’s campus budget meeting, I promised to follow up with you today on a few items.
First, we now have posted my memorandum to the campus regarding temporary cost-containment measures.
Second, we have some clarifying information to share as a follow up to the question this morning about whether the 2015-’17 executive budget bill would result in the loss of accrued sick leave. The budget bill proposes eliminating many existing statutory provisions, including a provision in Chapter 36 that required the carry-over of accumulated sick leave from year to year. Like other provisions potentially being removed from Chapter 36, this is a benefit that can be adopted per Board policy. We do not yet know which of the provisions slated for repeal from Chapter 36 will be adopted by the Board as policy, and those policies will take some time to develop. Having said that, we are not aware of any proposal to eliminate any existing sick leave balances. If that is proposed, we would seek a legal opinion whether the revocation of an accrued benefit is permissible.
Third, we are working on a date and details for next week’s campus-wide budget meeting and will get those to you very soon.
Finally, I encourage you to regularly visit the “Latest Updates” section of the State Budget Information website. There will be new information available daily.
Mark A. Mone