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Navajo leader asks council to avoid layoffs

Window Rock, Arizona (AP) 8-09

Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr. has warned tribal lawmakers that the executive branch needs an additional $4 million to avoid layoffs.

Shirley told the Tribal Council’s Budget and Finance Committee during August that as many as 50 positions within the executive branch would have to be abolished and some programs would be forced to reduce hours if the budget is not shored up.

The executive branch was allocated $113 million, the same as the year before.

But Shirley said all Navajo departments and programs had to absorb the cost of premiums for property, auto, physical and liability insurance, workers compensation and wage adjustments.

He also blames the council’s recent veto override of a $9.7 million appropriation for the shortfall.

 

 

 

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