County Proposes Eliminating 1,000 Positions

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009

This isn’t the first time the county has proposed budget cuts so big they’re impossible to ignore.  Earlier this month, the probation department said it’s looking at eliminating supervision of adults on probation – and closing its two juvenile commitment facilities.  Now comes word of these potential massive layoffs.
But it’s an open question how much of the proposed cuts will end up in the final budget.  That’s because top officials are locked in tense, closed-door talks with the many unions that represent county workers.  Administrators want the unions to give up their cost-of-living increases and other perks.  And if the unions agree to every concession on the table, the deficit would be cut by a little under 30 percent.
A county spokesman says even with those concessions, there would still be layoffs – but not as many as the more than 1,000 floating around right now.