The Medical College of GA and Augusta State University face furloughs and layoffs

Medical College of Georgia

Furloughs and layoffs are likely at the Medical College of Georgia and Augusta State University to help cope with further state budget cuts.

University System of Georgia institutions had until Monday to turn in proposals for how to cut up to 8 percent from their already bleeding budgets. Both schools plan to furlough employees for six days, and MCG is eyeing laying off as many as 55 employees to trim costs.

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced further cuts to state departments and agencies last week after months of slashing spending because of plummeting tax revenues. For colleges, the cuts come at a time when many campuses are expecting swelling enrollments.