Tuesday, February 16, 2010
There has been a fairly good discussion of furloughs being carried on by some of you via this blog. I would like to try to make a couple of things clear. Should it come to a question of taking the furlough or being "laid off" then the furlough is the better of two rotten choices. However, the real question is, "Should it come to this?" This blog has been asking for over a year for a real accounting of how much money comes in, how much is spent and where it is spent. Are furloughs necessary because of a significant drop in funding or because we are funding pet projects, friends and bonuses? This administration has taken the word transparency out of its vocabulary. (That assumes it was ever there to begin with.) In the past, the university's budget, The Blue Book, was always available in its printed form in the library. That is no longer true. If you wish, you may request certain parts of the budget, but not the whole thing. The goal is to make the gathering of information difficult for those who are interested but not part of the inner circle. Those being considered for lay offs or furloughs have a right to know that there are real reasons this has to take place. So far this administration has not been forthcoming with those reasons.