The Coming State and Local Austerity? A Roundup of Recent News Articles

Spending Cuts

State

Nevada: On March 15th, “Sisolak also announced a hiring freeze within state government and encouraged agencies to limit spending to ‘essential emergency purchases.’”

Local

Salem, Pulaski, Roanoke, and Botetourt Counties, VA: “But administrators in Salem and Pulaski and Roanoke and Botetourt counties have triggered stops to a range of nonessential spending, including travel and capital expenses not already obligated.”

Hiring Freezes

State

Nevada: On March 15th, “Sisolak also announced a hiring freeze within state government and encouraged agencies to limit spending to ‘essential emergency purchases.’”

Local

San Diego, CA: “As of March 12, the city has now imposed a hiring freeze, excluding police and fire personnel.”

Layoffs/Furloughs

Local

New York, NY: “City workers could be facing layoffs as part of the $1.3 billion in budget cuts that began Tuesday and will proceed in the coming months.”[MOU1]

Coming Budget Crunch

State

Arkansas: “Because of changes brought by the coronavirus, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s administration Monday [March 23rd] cut state government’s general revenue budget for the current fiscal year by $353.1 million.”

Local

New York, NY: “De Blasio said he’s directed city budget officials to begin finding savings in the city’s $94 billion budget to help tackle the coronavirus and the resulting financial fallout. ‘That goal will be at least $1.3 billion,’ he said of the cost-cutting measures.”

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