Yesterday, the NY State budget director issued a memo to stage agency heads, telling them to start firing, "Despite our best efforts the state is falling short of its financial plan targets... You will be given the discretion to use layoffs as a part of this reduction in work force." The memo also said, "We must acknowledge the continued weakness in the overall economy and in state revenue. It is our responsibility and imperative to achieve greater efficiencies in all aspects of our operations, including the work force." However, the Civil Service Employees Association union says the state promised not to lay off employees.