Lingle: More layoffs likely for state workers

Governor Linda Lingle
Governor Linda Lingle

By Leland Kim -


HONOLULU (KHNL) - The worst may not be over for Hawaii state workers. Governor Linda Lingle, in a videocast streamed live on the internet, delivered more grim news Thursday afternoon. She says a second round of layoffs is likely.

She also plans to cut some state programs, although she did not specify which ones.

While the economy is expected to improve, Lingle says we won't come out of this recession until 2012 at the earliest. State workers have been waiting for months to find out what will happen to them.

Some have been laid off, and some are still hoping for a furlough option. Union leaders and the state have yet to reach an agreement.

Governor Lingle says everyone must face reality

"I will continue to be open to alternative ideas and suggestions but they must be proposals that are meaningful, realistic and address the immediate fiscal crisis our state is facing, without pushing off problems to another day or sacrificing our long term well being" said Lingle.

One piece of good news in all this; the governor says she will do her best to avoid additional cuts to the University of Hawaii and the Department of Education.

She did not outline which departments or programs are vulnerable.

Union leaders were not available for comment because they're getting ready for arbitration, which starts Friday.