Budget Cuts Force Layoffs at the University of Maine 

The University of Maine says it will cut spending during the coming academic year by $8.8 million, a move that will result in 32 layoffs. In its announcement Friday, the university said 31 other employees will see a reduction in their work hours. In addition, 77 positions are being held vacant for elimination.The university said reductions in personnel costs account for all but $3 million of the cuts. The balance will come through reduced operating expenses and administrative efficiencies. Most of the layoffs are at the Cutler Health Center, whose operations were transferred to a private provider. Four of the five faculty being laid off are coaches in sports that were discontinued. The university’s budget for the year beginning July 1st totals $248 million. (AP)