U-Maine System Facing Tough Times 

The budget hole has grown larger for the University of Maine system. Last year U-Maine officials expected to have to slash 43-million dollars from their budget, but the number has gone up. Earlier this year a task force was created to help find savings and those member met Thursday in Augusta. Last week the Governor submitted his budget plan which decreases state funding to the U-Maine system by 2-million bringing the system’s deficit to more than 43-million for the next four years.There are seven universities state-wide. David Flanagan chairs the committee and says shutting down campuses will not be an option, but reducing some academic programs and services are likely to make the list. Flanagan says jobs may also be on the line.The Chancellor and Board of Trustees will look at the final report and consider the proposals this summer.