- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - More than a dozen Vermont state employees are expected to be laid off next month as part of the state’s first significant job reductions since the recession.

A human resources official told the Burlington Free Press (http://bfpne.ws/1Fw6Uzp ) that the layoffs take effect July 11. Employees were notified on Wednesday.

The 14 layoffs are spread across various state offices including four in the Department of Taxes; two each in the Agency of Administration, Department of Mental Health and Department of Financial Regulation; and one each in the Secretary of State’s office, the state Treasurer’s office, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Criminal Justice Training Council.

Doug Gibson, a spokesman for the Vermont State Employees Association union, said the union maintains the layoffs are not the way to balance the state budget.

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s administration also expects to cut 48 vacant positions. Through incentive programs, a number of employees are expected to retire leaving 225 more jobs vacant.

Administration Secretary Justin Johnson said the last state employee layoff happened during Gov. Jim Douglas’ administration in 2008-2009.

According to the most recent human resources report, Vermont employed 8,189 people last year.

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