KY Governor announces plan to furlough state workers, saving $24 million
FRANKFORT, Kentucky: For the first time in modern history Kentucky has implemented a statewide furlough plan. Gov. Steve Beshear's office announced on July 9 that, in order to help balance the budget, some 36,000 state workers would be furloughed for 6 days during the fiscal year. The plan estimates savings at $24 million to the state.
The state budget, approved in May, gave the governor authorization to implement furloughs. Additionally, the budget also required his office to come up with $131 million in savings during the fiscal year. Workers will have 3 common days off - the Fridays before Labor Day weekend, Veterans Day weekend, and Memorial Day weekend. They will also have one day off in October, March and June.