Thursday, October 23, 2008

BREAKING NEWS: Metro enacts hiring freeze, plans for 3 percent in cutbacks; reports due next month

WSMV Channel 4 reports tonight that Metro Nashville government has enacted a hiring freeze on its workforce of 8,000 people, excluding fire and police.

Sales tax collections are down in the current fiscal year. Metro Schools has been notified that it faces a $1 million downturn in budget revenues so far, putting teacher numbers and programs at risk in the current school year.

The state of Tennessee faces a potential $600 million deficit in the current fiscal year. That will mean less state aid for local governments, including schools.

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