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Layoffs planned by secretary of state to cope with cut

Layoffs planned by secretary of state to cope with cut

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Secretary of State Tom Schedler announced Wednesday that he will lay off 24 full-time employees and reduce hours at museums under his control to cope with the midyear budget cut assigned to his office by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Schedler said layoffs will begin in mid-April, if approved by civil service officials.

The two largest museums operated by Schedler's office — the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge and the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Shreveport — will shrink operating hours to only three days a week.

The remaining 12 smaller, largely rural museums will open one day a week once the cuts begin.

Jindal has announced plans to cut $61 million in state spending before the fiscal year ends June 30 to help close a midyear deficit tied to declining oil prices.

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