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Governor Orders Layoffs as Revenues Continue to Decline

By Mark Scott

Albany, NY – Governor David Paterson is ordering 8,900 state workers be laid off after unions refused concessions amid a staggering economic downturn.

Budget Director Laura Anglin tells The Associated Press that Paterson is calling for the first state layoffs since the late 1990s after unions refused to even provide counter proposals.

The state's largest employees union, the Civil Service Employees Association, was critical of Paterson's move.

"We've been trying to give him the benefit of the doubt but if Governor Paterson really believes putting nearly 9,000 New Yorkers out of work is a good idea, he really is out of touch with life on Main Street," CSEA President Danny Donohue said.

The state employs nearly 200,000 people. The layoffs could begin July 1st.

Earlier Tuesday, Paterson legislative leaders agreed the recession will cut projected tax revenues by an additional $2.2 billion, creating a deficit of more than $16 billion for the fiscal year beginning April 1. The final deficit won't be determined until Paterson and legislators agree on spending.