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UTSA to provide employee merit salary increases

(June 2, 2005)--As the Texas Legislature finalizes budgets for the next biennium, its Budget Conference Committee has adopted legislation to give state employees a 4 percent across-the-board salary increase for fiscal year 2006.

Because the increase does not apply to institutions of higher education, UTSA President Ricardo Romo has requested that UTSA Vice President for Business Affairs Kerry Kennedy put aside a 3 percent salary merit pool for staff and faculty.

The raise for state employees comes after at least four years with no salary increases. UTSA employees have had more opportunities for increases in those years.

"Even though we are still waiting to hear what UTSA's final appropriation will be from the Legislature, we have looked at a variety of budget strategies as we plan for the next biennium," said Romo. "While I want to make sure that resources are concentrated to support our core educational mission, I believe that faculty and staff at UTSA are crucial for our success as one of the state's fastest growing public universities. I thank all of our faculty and staff for their continued support and efforts to make UTSA the great university it is today."

Merit pools soon will be sent to vice presidents and department heads, along with instructions, merit policy and a time line for turning in information to the Budget Office. All raises will take effect Sept. 1, 2005 and will be included in Oct. 1, 2005 paychecks.

--Tim Brownlee

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