Administration’s job cut proposal moving slowly

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The Douglas administration’s plan to eliminate 400 state government jobs through attrition is raising questions among lawmakers about what sort of savings they will produce.

The House Appropriations Committee wonders whether it should include the projected savings from the cuts in its version of the budget, which it will start writing this week, without knowing which jobs will be eliminated and whether the cuts will affect government services.

Chairwoman Martha Heath says “it is going to be hard to approve those savings without understanding what they mean.”

The administration doesn’t yet know which jobs will be cut. Managers have until June 30 to identify 150 positions for elimination, and another 250 the following year.

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