The Governor's plan to close the budget deficit involved 100 trooper layoffs compared to 66 other layoffs of full-time state employees this spring and summer. When the budget cuts were originally announced, officials anticipated 200 state workers would lose their jobs. Other than the State Police, the civil rights department will lose 22 employees, the Attorney General's Office 21, Agriculture 6, and the legislative staff will have 16 layoffs. The Governor's Office will lose zero employees and the Department of Management and Budget will lay off one worker. The police and other law enforcement will see the most job losses, nearly 500.
The Granholm administration has opposed several ideas that have been introduced to provide alternative funding for troopers in order to stick to the budget-balancing cuts it has already approved.
The troopers themselves were given a chance to save 104 jobs of their fellow employees, but choose not to. The union was asked to join other state government workers who are taking six days off without pay to help balance the state books. If the union had voted to do so, 104 new troopers would have kept their jobs. The department had to find $7 million in savings and decided laying off was the best route to finding the money.