With tax revenues on the decline, and after having her plan to issue unpaid furloughs to state employees rejected by a judge, Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle announced that she will start laying the worker off.

Lingle sought to save money by ordering the unpaid furloughs, but her plan was challenged by state employee unions, which won a court order from a state Circuit Court judge, who ruled that the governor could not implement furloughs without engaging in contract negotiations.

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