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Concerns over economic impact of COVID-19 spurs hiring and spending freezes for Wayne County

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Hiring and spending freezes are now in effect for Wayne County government. That’s under a new order signed by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.

Wayne County officials forecast a revenue loss of at least $152 million because of the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a result, hiring for current job openings and vacancies is on hold. And salaries and wages are frozen unless raises are required by collective bargaining agreements.

Evans says the goal of the executive order is to avoid layoffs and service reductions "as much as possible."

In 2016, the state of Michigan released Wayne County from federal oversight after the county was able to balance its budget.

Evans wants the federal government to help local governments that are struggling financially because of the cornavirus pandemic.

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Lauren Talley is Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition producer. She produces and edits studio interviews and feature stories, and helps manage the “Mornings in Michigan” series. Lauren also serves as the lead substitute host for Morning Edition.
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