Midyear cuts force 420 state worker layoffs

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More than 400 state workers are expected to be laid off because of Governor Bobby Jindal's midyear budget cuts.

Ray Stockstill, 1 of Jindal's top budget advisers in the Division of Administration, told lawmakers Friday that an estimated 420 layoffs were expected after Jindal cut $107 million in state spending in October to close a budget deficit.

Many of the layoffs will be in the state health department.

The deficit was from the budget year that ended in June. Officials blamed lower-than-projected corporate tax revenue.

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