Cuts, Furlough, Layoffs Coming

Massive cuts to Virginia’s agencies are on the way — measures designed to close a $1.3 billion gap in the Commonwealth’s 2010 budget.

Gov. Tim Kaine (D) announced the cost-cutting plan Tuesday at his office in Richmond.

The plan includes a furlough — an unpaid day off for all state employees excluding emergency personnel — next May 28. It also calls for the firing of 593 workers and huge cuts to public education.

Kaine’s proposal does not include any new tax increases, nor does it call for significant reductions to K-12 education.

The governor’s plan is here. My story from NBC29 News at Six is here.

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