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Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announces layoffs, office closures

In a move that’s expected to save $7 million, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare will lay-off 126 employees and close nine of its 29 offices.

“Hopefully things will recover,” said Tom Shanahan, a spokesman. “We’re worried about future cuts more than anything. We just don’t know what 2011 brings if state revenues don’t start picking up.”

Bonners Ferry is among the offices slated for closure, and although the St. Maries office will remain open, it won’t offer walk-in public assistance. The offices in Coeur d’Alene, Ponderay and Kellogg will remain open.

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