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‘It’s going to be severe’: New Mexico State University to consider layoffs, furloughs, salary cuts

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LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- As the state of New Mexico works to correct a massive and historic budget shortfall, New Mexico State University's president said the institution is preparing for the worst.

"Everything is on the table, including possible layoffs furloughs or or salary cuts," said President John Floros in a virtual news conference this week. "But that will be our last resort."

As ABC-7 has reported, the New Mexico Legislature made massive cuts to the state budget as the state grapples with a projected $2.4 billion decline in state government income through June 2021.

"It's going to be severe," said President Floros. "It's going to be stressful for many of us. But we're going to get through this, we're going to figure out ways to to make it work."

Floros told members of the media that NMSU staffers will not get the 4 percent raises they were promised by the Legislature in January. He also said multiple departments will have to make cuts.

"We're going to reevaluate the situation on a daily basis," he said. "We will always be prepared to change course."

The future of collegiate athletics in New Mexico is also unclear. If NMSU doesn't have its two payday games against UCLA and Florida, Athletic Director Mario said the department will lose $2.75 million.

"It's a little bit like you’re on a surfboard in the middle of an ocean and you’re just going to ride that wave as long as you can," Moccia told ABC-7. "It looks like there’s a lot of sharks in the water, so we’re going to try to stay on board.”

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Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.

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    1. So says the EPCC dropout. Sorry unlike you I attended a conservative university and graduated with a tech degree. Back then they didn’t teach us how to be communists like today. I see you are still mad I called you a communist. lol.

      1. They still don’t teach anyone to be communists you idiot. No, anytime you callbanyone a communist we all know you are so uneducated that you have no idea what a communist is.

        1. How would you know? You didn’t get past EPCC. You are the uneducated idiot. And clearly a communist. Look at the propaganda you post. You make Stalin proud. LMAO.

          1. It doesn’t matter if it is a markturner or alberto. Neither attended anyhing more than an enlyment in the Navy that ended up with an “other than honorable” discharge, or in and out of prison in Kansas, California and Texas. Either way, all losers.

    2. I went to the University of Maryland, and my last posting before coming to El Paso was Assistant Attache to the Russian Federation, so I know commies, and you are a socialist.

  1. salary cuts and layoffs should start with people making over 150k a year. Anyone making less that 100k a year should be left alone. Now you’ll see how much of a capitalist all those woke professors really are

      1. Too funny. Flipping burgers. The idiots thought they had essential jobs. Living in a libtard bubble as usual. Maybe George Soros will hire them to participate in a BLM riot or pull down statues. lmao.

        1. I have a brother-in-law that has a degree in “Philosophy’. I asked him how many job offers he got, and that the last opening for a philosopher occurred is the Greek Classic times.

  2. Cut all the nonsense courses like women and gender studies and ethnic studies which can get one life long debt with no job prospects. A whole lot of professors can be laid off with no loss to society.

      1. What’s the matter moron? Too stupid to qualify for a scholarship or earn educational benefits by honorably serving in the U.S. military? See you are a worthless anti-American communist.

          1. ROFL. Yeah how stupid is that? He is such a moron. Then he picks his mother’s birthday 1946 and then changes it to 1961. But he screwed up since his mother would only be 15 years old when she gave birth to this scum bag.

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