Los Angeles Passes $7.2 Billion Budget, Avoids Layoffs for Now

The Los Angeles City Council passed a $7.2 billion budget Monday that largely preserved austerity measures proposed in the mayor’s budget.  The council voted to cut 200 unfilled city staff positions, but postponed a decision about laying off the 699 people proposed in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s budget.  Pink slips could still be in the offing for some city workers, as the council voted to postpone the decision on layoffs until January.  The council’s Budget and Finance Committee spent two weeks making adjustments to the budget proposed by Villaraigosa before sending it to the council for a final vote.

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