Helpful hint: If you have questions about the flu, call 2-1-1. Other than that, stick with the usual precautions: stay away from sick people, and wash your hands. Hope this passes soon.
State police layoffs, cutbacks in revenue sharing with local governments and in hospital and physician reimbursements for Medicaid, 4 percent across-the-board cuts in most departments and accelerated elimination of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries are among the budget-balancing measures being considered.
State workers also will learn Tuesday if they'll face layoffs or furlough days as the state tries to fill a $1.3 billion budget shortfall.
Now imagine what would happen if they tried to cut the entire $1.3 billion. Aren't you grateful our Democrats in Congress passed that stimulus? We sure need it, and we aren't alone, as states across the nation are busy cutting their budgets and raising taxes at the same time.