In Michigan
5:12 pm
Fri June 26, 2009

Michigan State Police layoffs appear imminent

LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (AP) - A last-ditch effort to avoid the layoffs of 100 Michigan State Police troopers has failed.

Members of the Michigan State Police Troopers Association voted against a furlough plan that would have called for sacrificing some of their own pay to temporarily avoid the layoffs of their low-seniority co-workers.

The outcome of the vote was announced Friday but vote totals
weren't released.

Trooper layoffs will begin Sunday.

The layoffs are expected to save the cash-starved state $1.7 million in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. Most of those affected were hired after finishing trooper school in December.

Even if the furlough plan had been approved, there was no guarantee the low-seniority officers would have kept their jobs in the next budget year.