Newark's budget woes force more furloughs

Newark officials have proposed a plan that would double employee furloughs in an effort to bridge a $100 million budget deficit.

Beginning this summer, city employees will be asked to take two days off per month. Fire and police personnel would be excluded from this measure. Newark officials say the move will save the city $2.8 million.

Some city council members say they weren't aware of the plan, even though the proposal was apparently submitted to the state on May 21.

News 12 New Jersey has learned the proposed measure will not rule out future layoffs.

The state civil service commission will need to approve the measure before it can take effect.

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