Connecticut asked the University of Connecticut to cut $1.5 million from the university budget to help balance the state budget in January 1976.
The governor of Connecticut at the time, Ella T. Grasso, requested the cuts as the state faced a projected $80 million deficit in its budget.
Grasso also ordered the layoff of 500 state workers, which included 40 UConn employees.
The university’s budget in 1976 stood at $51.2 million, which was received from the Connecticut General Assembly.
$1 million had been cut from the university’s budget in January 1975. These cuts included reductions to the amount of money put aside for the UConn library and personnel accounts.
Ashley Anglisano is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.