New York Governor David Paterson is putting together a plan to lay off thousands of government workers at the beginning of next year. He's proposing the layoffs to help close New York's $9.2 billion deficit.
A source in his administration tells The Associated Press that the governor will ask state agencies to identify positions that could be cut. Workers would not be laid off until January 1, 2011, the day that Gov. Paterson leaves office. That's also the end date to an agreement Paterson has with public employee unions that promises no layoffs while he's in office, in exchange for reduced pension costs.
Lawmakers are still struggling to come up with a state budget, two months after the new fiscal year begun.