The exact number of layoffs has yet to be determined, Pearlman said. That’s due, in part, to rules that allow workers with more seniority to avoid a layoff in favor of a worker with less experience, provided certain conditions are met.
The layoffs will affect full-time workers. They will receive as severance $1,000 for every year of service and six months of insurance. The state will also pay outstanding sick and vacation time.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Kevin Hibbard, the director of the state budget department, did not offer details about the layoffs, which have not been completed. He did note that a hiring freeze put in place earlier this year by Gordon lessened the number of workers who will lose their jobs as a result of the budget cuts.
Other reductions include 19 part-time positions and eight at-will contract worker positions.
The cuts announced Wednesday amount to a 10% reduction in state spending. But Gordon noted that another round of cuts is still to come.