Monday, November 16, 2009

Layoffs hit state government

The Indiana Department of Administration has laid off 33 workers in what is described as a belt-tightening measure. Commissioner Mark Everson says the reductions are across several areas of the department, but most are in public works. He says with the state cutting costs, there will be fewer projects to manage. Everson also says the cuts are related to Governor Mitch Daniels' recent call for state agencies to reduce spending by 10 percent.

FSSA announces spending cuts

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is slashing its budget to deal with revenue shortfalls and an increase in Medicaid enrollment. It is cutting Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals, issuing a hiring freeze and reworking contracts. More FSSA cuts are expected. The reductions do not include a 10-percent cut ordered by Gov. Mitch Daniels for all state agencies.