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Layoffs Ahead Under City Budget Plan

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The city is grappling with a $39 million deficit.

The budget plan also calls for laying off about 200 city employees. Four Fire Department rigs would be placed on rotating brown-outs as well.

But at last night's meeting, Mayor Kevin Johnson said the budget picture could improve if employee labor unions agree to concessions on pension plans.

"I make a commitment to continue to reach out to our collective bargaining units. I do think there can be ongoing discussions. We've had off line conversations in terms of discussing and being very proactive and I want to just make a commitment on behalf of all of us - it's not over."

The council could still make changes to the budget…but only before next Thursday - June 30th.

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