Hiring freeze imposed for Connecticut state college system

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HARTFORD — The leader of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system has imposed a hiring freeze across all its 17 campuses.

CSCU President Mark Ojakian said Tuesday that the step is necessary because of a projected budget shortfall and other financial pressures.

Ojakian says the freeze will remain in effect for at least the remainder of the fiscal year. He says it is intended as only a short-term measure.

The system oversees four state universities, not including the University of Connecticut, as well as 12 community colleges.

The state government’s budget is at least $220 million in deficit for the fiscal year that ends June 30.