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Lawrence announces layoff of 115 city employees

June 2, 2010

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LAWRENCE, Mass.—Lawrence Mayor William Lantigua says layoff notices have been sent to 115 municipal employees, including 70 police officers and firefighters.

Lantigua unveiled his budget plan to city councilors that includes the layoffs effective July 1, unless union members agree to concessions.

The announcement comes as city officials race to balance a $72 million budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The layoffs are in addition to the already announced 75 pink slips sent to Lawrence School Department employees, including 32 teachers.

Robert Nunes (NOO'-nehz), the city's state-appointed financial overseer, says the layoffs should have been done it in past years.

In March, the city received legislative approval to borrow as much as $35 million to repair its budget.

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Information from: The Eagle-Tribune, http://www.eagletribune.com

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