As the 2009 session began the news media reported that Chesterfield County Schools would have to layoff about 500 employees if the state didn’t give them more money. Similar news stories were reported from school districts throughout Virginia. Then the Federal Stimulus package was reported and school systems across the state dropped their plans to cut their budgets.
Regrettably, employees in the private sector were not so lucky. Factories cut shifts, stores cut employees, businesses closed; thousands of private and small business employees were left jobless.