Kaine: 593 Layoffs, Up to 15 Percent College Cuts

Virginia cuts include Memorial Day weekend furlough

By BOB LEWIS
|  Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009  |  Updated 7:35 PM EDT
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Almost 600 Virginia employees will be laid off and state-supported colleges and universities will have state funding cut up to 15 percent in new budget reductions.
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RICHMOND, Va. -- Almost 600 state employees will be laid off and state-supported colleges and universities will have state funding cut up to 15 percent in new budget reductions.

Gov. Tim Kaine announced the cuts Tuesday as part of a $1.35 billion reduction in the state budget, a casualty of a poor economy and the toll it has taken on state tax collections.

The cuts also include a furlough of state employees on the Friday before Memorial Day in 2010. The unpaid day off will not apply to critical personnel such as police and emergency crews.

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