Bredesen: Tennessee budget cuts will include state worker layoffs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen says the state budget situation will require an unspecified number of layoffs.

Bredesen, a Democrat, says he doesn't see a way to fill what has grown to be a $550 million hole in the budget for the upcoming spending year without cutting the state work force.

The governor declined to say how many of the state's more than 45,000 employees could be affected. But he said it would be in addition to the 160 positions he may have to eliminate at the Department of Children's Services because reduced federal funding.

Bredesen has asked for a joint assembly of the Legislature the week of May 12 to lay out details of his proposal for spending cuts.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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