Governor proposes salary cuts to avoid some layoffs

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CARSON CITY – State workers will take a financial hit, but largely be spared layoffs under Gov. Jim Gibbons’ $6.1 billion two-year budget.

The governor plans to reduce the salaries of state workers and school teachers by 6 percent effective July 1, avoiding the alternative of laying off 9,000 to 11,000 employees. The average salary of a classified state worker is $50,000 and the average pay of an unclassified employee or manager is $84,000, according to state Budget Director Andrew Clinger.

The budget includes the 6 percent reduction for the state’s constitutional officers but does not hit Nevada Supreme Court justices or the district judges.

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