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Iowa to eliminate 1,300 jobs with spending cuts

posted Oct 22, 2009, 8:29 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Nov 17, 2009, 4:51 PM ]
| By MIKE GLOVER | Associated Press (IA) | 2:56 PM CDT, October 21, 2009 |

State agencies will eliminate more than 1,300 jobs to meet the 10 percent spending cut ordered by Gov. Chet Culver after state tax revenue came in less than expected.  …. The reductions will include 791 layoffs and elimination of 529 positions that are currently vacant, aides to Culver said.  ….. "We want to reiterate our expectation that going forward the state of Iowa should treat the current situation the same as it would a major plant closing and provide all appropriate support to workers who are being laid off," said a statement issued by Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. "As AFSCME is a democratic organization, we will not be issuing further comment until such time as the leadership of this council can meet with our state bargaining committee and members to discuss these matters further."