AU to freeze raises for faculty, staff

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn University staff and faculty will not receive pay raises for the next business year.

Auburn spokesman Mike Clardy said the trustees voted Friday to approve a budget that won't include merit or cost of living raises for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

Clardy said the decision was made because of cuts in state funding and rising costs. He said it wouldn't affect pay raises for employees receiving promotions.

Clardy didn't know how much the university would save by not giving raises.

Due to the recession, Gov. Bob Riley has made across-the-board cuts totaling 11 percent in the education budget that ends Sept. 30. Officials say the recession's continued impact on the state education budget will force spending to be cut between 4.5 percent and 10 percent.

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