Hundreds of Prince George's Employees Could Soon Be Out of Work

Officials look to curb growing county budget shortfall

About 400 to 500 Prince George's County employees may get laid off during the next fiscal year.

The Washington Post says it obtained an internal document that was presented to state lawmakers by County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) at a closed-door meeting last week.

The move to lay off more than 7 percent of the county government's workforce is an effort to curb the county's budget shortfall, which could ballon to $73 million for the year that begins July 1.

The job cuts could affect a wide range of services, including restaurant inspections, building permitting, animal control and health programs. The county also plans to cut $14 million from the school system's budget this year.

Other efforts to reduce the shortfall include salary freezes and two weeks of unpaid leave for all employees.

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