Pay Cuts, Job Losses Expected as Georgia Governor Cuts Spending
Pay cuts and job losses are likely on the way for workers in state government, as part of the effort by Gov. Brian Kemp to cut spending 4% this year and 6% next year.
The call for cuts made last August came following a finding by the state’s fiscal economist of a 50/50 charge of a mild recession next year.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that while the governor says layoffs should be the last resort, department heads have apparently been contacting employees in recent weeks to tell them their jobs may be eliminated or that they’ll have to take huge pay cuts.
Three-fourths of the state’s spending is exempt from cuts including money that goes to K-12 schools, universities, the Medicaid public health care program and building and maintenance of roads and bridges.