The next round of cuts in funding for state services and institutions will be announced later this week. And, state government officials indicate layoffs can no longer be avoided. The state constitution forbids deficit spending by the state and Budget Director Linda Luebbering projects a $300-Million deficit without cuts in programs, services, and employees. And, the situation is even worse for the next fiscal year, where she’s suggesting a $1-Billion shortfall. The Legislature starts putting together the budget when it comes into session in January.
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