Furlough day shifted

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By The Staff

Gov. Bill Richardson, responding to concerns from many state employees, agreed to shift one of the upcoming furlough days in order to avoid impacting three consecutive paychecks.

“I understand these furlough days are difficult on our employees and their families,” Richardson said. “I agree with the many employees who suggested spreading out the impact of the furloughs.”

The governor’s Furlough Plan will save another $8.1 million — on top of the $8.3 million that will be saved by the elimination of several state exempt positions, he said.

The revised furlough plan, which will be presented to the State Personnel Board on Dec. 16 for its approval, includes the following five furlough days, or alternative dates for about 17,000 state employees:

•  Dec. 24, 2009;

•  Jan. 15, 2010;

•  March 5, 2010;

•  April 2, 2010; and

•  May 28, 2010;

The revised furlough plan, which was approved by the governor’s chief of staff, makes limited exceptions for about 4,100 employees based on public safety, health and welfare.

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