Deal: Layoffs Coming in State Government

By: AP
By: AP

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

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  • by tax payer Location: echols county on Dec 15, 2010 at 02:44 PM
    jo jo--thanks for setting me straight. yea i know. but that wont work either since they are all kin or in the click. JUST ONE BIG HAPPY FAMILY.
  • by JOJO Location: tent down by river on Dec 15, 2010 at 01:28 PM
    I agree taxpayer, but they're not state employees. Take that up with your county commission. The layoffs will affect the hard working, underpaid folks at trasportation depts, mental hospitals, correctional facilaty, etc. Dont worry though. I doubt the poor teachers will be harmed.
  • by Sharon Location: Havana, FL on Dec 15, 2010 at 12:41 PM
    Well, here we go again! The poor state worker is the one who gets the brunt of the budget cuts. I have seen downsizing of state government take place since the Bush administration. It has really put a strain on those who are still state employees. Maybe the State Government powers that be should stop increasing the unemployed and take a look at their turkeys and other fat spending habits.
  • by tax payer Location: ECHOLS COUNTY on Dec 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM
    good let's start with the police force. in a town if that is what you call it with 2 holiday market all you need is a sheriff and a depauty not adozen pretty boys.
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