UMaine System Eliminating 165 Jobs 

The University of Maine system is cutting 165 full time jobs, starting in July.

The system’s chancellor, James Page, says the university will be forced to make the cuts because of a $36-million budget shortfall.

Page testified in front of a statehouse committee Friday.

He says the legislature is considering cuts that would add another $9.3-million to their budget gap, forcing them to eliminate another 95 positions.

He told the committee that since 2007, the university has been forced to downsize their workforce by 521 workers.

Page continued to say the college system is committed to closing the budget gap but not on the backs of students or taxpayers.

He says the system is working to comprehensively restructure the way they do business.