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Govenor Tim Kaine Announces More Lay-offs

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Facing another hole in the Virginia budget, Governor Tim Kaine is again outlining a budget-balancing plan that includes more layoffs of state workers--nearly 600 this time. Kaine is pruning programs and trimming the work force as part of a $1.35 billion reduction in the state budget. Kaine's plan calls for the elimination of just under 1,000 state jobs, including 593 layoffs.

The governor also is ordering an unpaid day off for most state workers. The so-called furlough would be taken the Friday of Memorial Day weekend next year. The unpaid day off will not apply to critical personnel such as police and emergency crews. Since April 2007, Kaine and the General Assembly have cut spending by $6 billion.

Meymo Lyons reports...

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