LOUISVILLE — State Rep. Reggie Meeks is among about two dozen employees who have lost their jobs as the University of Louisville makes cuts to deal with a budget shortfall.
A university spokeswoman said the cuts are an effort to trim costs before the start of the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins Sunday.
Meeks, a Louisville Democrat, told The Courier-Journal that losing his job underscored the "dire financial straits the state is in." He said legislators needed to act to protect education funding.
"I am just hopeful that something is said or done that turns on the light bulb," he said.
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University spokeswoman Cindy Hess said the school's deans and department heads have up to a year to make cuts to deal with a $49.7 million hole in the school's budget brought on by a 6.4 percent reduction in state funds.
Since the 2007-2008 school year, the General Assembly has reduced its funding to U of L to $163 million from $191 million. At the same time, the school has increased tuition each year.
The University of Kentucky recently announced it had cut 140 employees to close a $44 million shortfall.
Meeks worked at the university for 22 years, most recently as associate director for outreach programs in the College of Arts & Sciences.