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Layoffs ordered at state Senate to avoid deficit
Layoffs ordered at state Senate to avoid deficit

After years of turning down cost-of-living increases for its budget, the state Senate on Friday notified its workforce that 39 employees will be laid off at the end of the year to avoid a multi-million-dollar deficit, a cut of about 4% of the total staff in the upper house. Fifty other positions are being cut through attrition and employees will pay about $30 a month more for health care insurance premiums, officials said. The cuts and a reorganization were ordered by incoming Senate leader Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles), who ordered that the changes not affect the staff working in each senator’s office or serving legislative committees, officials said. “Today, the Senate...