Michigan is cutting $2.2 billion from its state budget in an effort to overcome a deficit brought on by the coronavirus, and the big losers are state workers, reports Bridge.
State police and the Department of Corrections will lose out on $145 million and the Department of Health and Human Services will lose $36 million. These cuts will result in layoffs and hiring freezes across these municipal departments.
The cuts come as Senate Republicans in Washington have proposed a new coronavirus aid bill which includes no direct federal aid for states. Michigan’s governor is one of many who has encouraged Washington to pass direct funding to help states close spending gaps without resorting to layoffs.
Read more about Michigan’s cuts to the state workforce here.