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Governor Culver Releases Budget Cut Plan

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Governor Chet Culver has released the preliminary plans of how state departments plan to institute the 10% across the board cuts he mandated.

The plans propose a total workforce reduction of 1,321 jobs.  That total includes 791 layoffs and eliminating 529 vacant positions.

According to the report, there are three departments that could see the biggest reduction in workforce.  The Department of Corrections plan calls for 515 layoffs and eliminating 262 vacant positions.  The Department of Public Safety plan calls for 53 layoffs and eliminating 25 vacant positions.  The department of human Services plan calls for 79 layoffs and the elimination of 149 vacant positions.

Governor Culver says, "It is very important to note that this is the starting line, not the finish line, to implement cuts made necessary by the impact of the national economic recession. As Governor, my obligation is to keep our budget balanced and my goal is to do everything we can to preserve essential services and minimize layoffs.  During the next seven days, we will review these plans, discuss the impact with the collective bargaining units, and work with our department directors to finalize how we implement these cuts. The plans for each department, in their final form, will become effective upon my approval. I've set October 28 as that deadline.

The plan also calls for the Governor and his Chief of Staff to take a 10% pay cut and his entire staff to take up to 7 furlough days.

Governor Culver added, "I disagree with certain recommendations in these preliminary plans, and I will discuss them with department directors and the collective bargaining units as part of my review. I also want to be certain that there are no inconsistencies between these plans and what our departments are required to do by law.  In particular, I disagree with some recommendations that cut services to children and vulnerable adults, as well as in areas of public safety. These cuts have a very disproportionate impact on public safety, an area I vowed to protect. For example, two-thirds of layoffs are in the Department of Corrections, which relies almost entirely on support from the General Fund, and I want to find a way to mitigate that situation."

For the detailed reports on the plans, click here.

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