Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes said today he would lay off as many as 4,000 state employees if elected and force a showdown with the federal government over drilling for gas and oil. The Daily Sentinel says that those statements have prompted his opponent to question Maes’ ability to be governor. Dan Maes told the Denver Petroleum Club he would cut at least 2,000 workers “just like that” from the state budget, with projected savings of $200 million. Maes did not particularly say which agencies would see layoffs. His opponent, Scott McInnis, says the state governor does not have the power to do that.
Source: Daily Sentinel (Posted 3:47p by Jim Kapp)
Delta County department heads are starting to compile lists of the essential services they offer to the public and are beginning to prioritize them in terms of budget impact and possible savings. The Delta County Independent reports that these lists could be used during the upcoming 2011 budget process as a tool for evaluating services and if it came to it determine which ones need to be cut. Looking at the county’s available revenues that could be flat or declining over the next couple years the county is taking a closer look at the types and levels of services it provides.
Source: Delta County Independent (Posted 3:50p by Jim Kapp)