Lansing Following Through With Layoffs

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Seven workers, all of them support staff, received notice of the city's intent to eliminate their positions Friday.

Three work in the finance department, four work for the police department.

David Wiener, the city's deputy mayor, says it was necessary to balance the budget.

Teamsters Local 580, though they represent the laid-off workers, says the city's early retirement incentive program more than balanced the budget. These cuts, they say, were unnecessary.

They also caution losing support staff in the police department is dangerous for the city. The mayor's office says this is about efficiency and reducing redundancy. They're confidant these cuts were safe ones.