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USVI to lay off nearly 500 amid budget crisis

USVI to lay off nearly 500 amid budget crisis

The governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands says he will be forced to lay off nearly 500 employees in the coming months because of a fiscal crisis.
Gov. John de Jongh said Wednesday that 143 temporary and part-time workers will be dismissed on Dec. 30, and that another 350 workers will receive dismissal letters on Jan. 5.
The governor blamed legislators for the dismissals, saying they have rejected other proposals including wage cuts to offset a budget crisis.
De Jongh warned that additional layoffs might be needed.
The U.S. Caribbean territory faces a $17.4 million deficit this year and an estimated $90 million deficit next year.


Updated : 2021-02-28 03:19 GMT+08:00