Corrections Department Predicts Layoffs

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

About 100 state prison workers could be laid off when two Michigan prisons close later this year.
The Detroit News reports that the number was presented by Corrections Department finance chief Barry Wickman during testimony Thursday before a state Senate appropriations subcommittee in Lansing.
The prisons closing in June are in Coldwater and Muskegon. Each prison has 140 officers and hundreds of other employees.
The budget subcommittee has recommended at least $75 million in prison cuts on top of $60 million recommended by Gov. Rick Snyder. The Corrections Department has a budget of about $2 billion.
Corrections union leader Mel Grieshaber says he expects some layoffs but is unsure that 100 is a realistic number.


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