Northam Moving Towards Hiring Freeze

Agencies Told To Find Cuts

AP News
April 03, 2020 - 12:09 pm

Andy Doernen/Newsradio WRVA

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) —  Governor Ralph Northam is instituting a hiring freeze of state employees and is telling agency heads to look for ways to cut budgets in response to the coronavirus. Northam chief of staff Clark Mercer told agency heads in a Thursday memo obtained by The Associated Press that a recession is coming and the state revenues will be far below “even our most pessimistic forecast” from last year.

On top of that, Mercer said, the state is having to spend heavily on buying medical supplies, helping vulnerable populations navigate the pandemic, and other virus-related costs.