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.