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N.O. budget shortfall worse than expected

5 years ago October 06, 2009 Oct 6, 2009 Tuesday, October 06 2009 Tuesday, October 06, 2009 10:09:22 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Sylvia Weatherspoon

Targeted employee furloughs is one of the options New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is considering to deal with the city's $68 million budget shortfall,  about $25 million more than previously estimated. The mayor says he hopes to avoid layoffs in preparing the 2010 budget, which will be presented to the city council, October 30.   Nagin says a 10 percent reduction in spending in all departments, agencies and contractors and a 10 percent reduction in his office and staff is also possible.

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