HOUSTON (AP) - Houston is feeling the pinch of the country's economic woes as the mayor of the nation's fourth largest city is asking its workers to take an unpaid day off from their jobs this month in an effort to help city leaders deal with an expected budget shortfall of at least $20 million.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker on Friday said there was no guarantee the voluntary furloughs wouldn't become mandatory or that layoffs would be needed next year to help the state's largest city balance its budget.
The plan comes as earlier this week the Houston Police Department announced it would be slashing more than $15 million from its budget due to loss of funds from the end of the city's red-light camera program and the ongoing city budget woes.
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