- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Despite a dwindling workforce and many top positions currently unoccupied, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials say they still may lay off workers.

The Boston Globe reports (https://bit.ly/2aJ2m3T ) MBTA Acting General Manager Brian Shortsleeve said Monday that a recent downturn in sales tax collection could bring in about $32 million less than anticipated in state funding for the agency.

Shortsleeve says MBTA officials are going department by department to identify areas to streamline in order to run more efficiently. The transit authority faces a potential $110 million deficit.

More than 260 employees took buyouts from the company, a move that will save about $13.3 million in annual savings. Shortsleeve says nearly 150 additional jobs will still need to be eliminated to reach the MBTA’s goal of cutting 300 positions.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, https://www.bostonglobe.com

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