New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is ordering state agencies to plan on making $140 million in cuts to their budgets.
Lynch said Thursday the cuts cannot be made without some layoffs. He said he told agency heads to come back to him with possible cuts over the next few weeks. Lynch said he will review them and then begin implementing them.
Lynch told agencies to plan on reducing spending 2 percent for the rest of this year and by 8 percent next year.
Lynch said the cuts are needed to deal with an anticipated $140 million shortfall by the end of the next fiscal year on June 30, 2011.