State Workers Awaiting Word Of Layoffs

by Rick Howlett on August 13, 2010

Non-merit state workers in Kentucky are on edge as they await word on the future of their jobs.    

The new state budget approved in a May special session requires Gov. Beshear to make enough cuts to avoid a $1.5 billion budget shortfall.  Beshear vetoed language requiring specific numbers of non-merit employees to be cut, saying he needed more discretion in how to make the reductions, but cuts are coming. 

“We’re in the process of analyzing both non-merit positions, contracts, leases and all the other things that the state spends money on, so that we can save the kind of money that we need to in the budget to make sure that it balances.”

The governor has already ordered six furlough days for merit and non-merit employees, which the administration says will save the state $24 million.  A group of union workers has filed suit to try to block the furloughs.

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Bill Huff August 13, 2010 at 11:14 pm

A classified or unclassified state worker should be treated same. Yet, in 2010-2012 biennium budget requested $10 million dollars of all classes of state workers be cut; Governor vetoed unclassified workers from being furloughed. Now, in light of the federal $10 billion dollars being pumped into Ky coffers to relieve teacher losses, Governor should reconsider either including unclassified state workers in furlough or exempt both classification of workers from furlough. Then he should direct $300 million of state tax exemptions; $400 million of corporate tax shelters and 1,600 unclassified workers be eliminated along with modernizing tax base and pushing for local governments to have local option.

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