The Hole Gets Deeper
MONTGOMERY -- Alabama's fiscal year ended on a gloomy note this week with the two state budgets collecting nearly a billion dollars less than the previous fiscal year.
"We've got a real economic tsunami on our hands," Paul Hubbert, executive secretary of the Alabama Education Association, said. "You've got to go back to the '30s, I think, to have these kinds of hits that are going to (be) visited on education." "It's the most severe reduction in state revenue we've ever seen," said Rep. Richard Lindsey, chairman of the House Education Appropriations Committee.
"It's the most severe reduction in state revenue we've ever seen," said Rep. Richard Lindsey, chairman of the House Education Appropriations Committee.
Hours before Sacramento County's deadline to finalize its budget for this fiscal year, the supervisors agreed to massive cuts in health and social service programs.
By 6 p.m., a majority of the five-member Board of Supervisors completed the latest round of layoffs and cuts, closing a $76 million deficit that had developed since July 1.
Friday's vote effectively cut another 24 county jobs. This means nearly 725 county workers have lost their jobs since the start of the fiscal year in July � an unprecedented number of layoffs for local government.
Last week, the supervisors had approved 300 layoffs, including nearly 185 Child Protective Service workers.
Update: Winnebago Mental Health - 85 Layoff Notices
Baptist Hospital and Orange Baptist Hospital - 50