A report prepared by the House Finance Committee is trying to gauge the impact if the state budget cuts were increased across the board to 6.5 percent.
Right now, most agencies are operating on a 4 percent cut mandated by the Governor last Fall.
Among the additional cuts, the potential loss of 350 positions in state higher education, the possible layoffs of 87 state troopers, and a halt in new recruiting classes.
“Well government’s most important obligation is to protect its citizens. When you talk about eliminating 87 state troopers, in this state, you are talking about a significant reduction in that primary responsibility,” said Del. Doug Reynolds.
“We do want to insure that we avoid some of the cuts to our work fighting the Obama administrations EPA regulations. We don’t get reimbursed for that work,” said Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.
There is a sense of urgency now on balancing the state’s budget. Lawmakers are only scheduled to be in session for 22 more days. Right now the budget is short by $353 million dollars.