Gov. Phil Bredesen says state layoffs still likely

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen says he can't rule out layoffs of state employees under the final version of the federal stimulus package.

The Democratic governor says the federal money does not give him enough flexibility to keep all state workers' jobs.

Bredesen told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that the number of layoffs will be substantially lower than the more than 2,000 that had originally been under consideration, but he said he doesn't yet know what the total number will be.

An analysis of the federal stimulus package passed by Congress on Friday has Tennessee in line to receive $4.28 billion over two years.

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