Governor Announces Budget Cut, Hiring Freeze

Posted: February 27, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Gov. Jim Gilmore yesterday announced a temporary freeze on hiring and discretionary spending, and directed each state agency to submit a 15 percent spending reduction plan to the Department of Planning and Budget (DPB) by noon, March 2, for review next week.

Gilmore attributes his decision to the Senate’s failure to agree to budget amendments. The Senate maintains that the full phase out of the car tax advocated by the governor is fiscally irresponsible at a time of diminishing state revenue.

Gilmore has also requested state agencies to submit reports to the DPB about the status and total amounts under contract of every capital project.

“We will be looking into the effects of the governor’s executive order,” says Provost Peter Stearns. “We hope it will soon be rescinded. The cuts as described would be impossible without severe sacrifice in program quality and physical comfort and safety.”

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