DULUTH, Ga. (AP) --
Gov.-elect Nathan Deal says layoffs of state government employees will be needed to balance the state budget.
In a speech on Wednesday, December 15 to a luncheon sponsored by Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Deal said the state must shrink its 104,000-person workforce.
Afterward, Deal told reporters that "I think you will see a
downsizing starting with the executive branch agency."
Georgia is staring down an estimated $1.8 billion shortfall in
next year's budget as federal stimulus money runs out. Deal said
personnel costs are among the state's largest expenses.
So far, state government layoffs have been limited in Georgia.
The state has mainly eliminated vacant positions and forced
employees to take unpaid furlough days to cope with the budget