We had a Senate Republican caucus meeting today where we got together and talked about the budget. Later some of the governors staff came in to talk about the governors agenda, plans for the new year and answer questions.
We got a short rundown on some new appointments, vague talk of looking for efficiencies, higher quality of service and better education.
I had to ask the question.
I commented how this years budget has already called for a billion five worth of layoffs that had not been implemented yet and next years budget was probably going to be 900 million to a billion two short of that. I went on to comment how any realistic economic recovery, natural attrition and buyouts were not going to cover a 2.5 billion dollar shortfall. I asked by what magic trick the governor planned to ballance the budget without any layoffs.
Long and short, they said they had not had much of a chance to really dig into the budget and were still trying to get a staff together to find out what they could do. They went on to say that they will probably end up having to look at some layoffs before it is all said and done.