Detroit prison to close; 2,000 face layoffs to fill state budget gap

LANSING, MI &#8211 The state of Michigan will be closing a Detroit prison and turning over the prison health care system to a private contractor. Tens of thousands of other state employees will receive unpaid furlough days. These measures are part of a budget balancing plan announced by Governor Rick Snyder.

The goal of these measures is to save the state $145 million in the 2011-12 state fiscal year, which begins Saturday. They were announced after talks with state employee unions failed to produce contract concessions to close the gap.

From The Detroit Free Press.