Ind. state gov't begins layoffs after revenue drop

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Posted: Nov 13, 2009 11:34 AM

Indiana's state government has started laying off workers because of dwindling state revenues.

The Department of Administration says 33 government workers will be out of a job. Commissioner Mark Everson says the layoffs are needed because of the state's financial situation. He says the cuts will save the state $900,000 during the current fiscal year that ends in June.

Some of the laid-off employees worked on capital projects that are now on hold as part of recent cuts. Others maintain Indiana Government Center facilities or work with the state's vehicle fleet.

Gov. Mitch Daniels has ordered agencies to cut costs by 10 percent during this fiscal year because state tax collections have fallen $309 million below expectations.