State Says Few Problems Reported On First Furlough Day

by tcveigh on September 23, 2010

Kentucky Personnel Secretary Nikki Jackson says the state’s first furlough day earlier this month went smoothly. She says it was equitable and transparent and all effort was made to minimize the impact to the public. Jackson told the House and Senate budget committees she’s heard no grumbling.

“Two of the agencies in particular – Cabinet for Health and Family services, and the Justice Cabinet – shared with me that they hadn’t received any comments from employees over that weekend,” she says. “There were actually a few employees who were sharing stories about what they were doing over that weekend and how some of them were just trying their best to take advantage of the time with their families and friends.”

September 3rd was the first of six furlough days state employees are taking this fiscal year to help reduce a 131-million dollar budget deficit. Gov. Beshear sought approval of the furloughs from the General Assembly, which granted his request in the May special session on the budget.

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State Teacher September 24, 2010 at 8:26 am

I don’t know how “equitable” it was. Here at the
School for the Blind we worked on the furlough day and they still docked us a day of pay.

Upset but resigned September 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

It is counterproductive to put up a fuss because it wouldn’t change the situation anyway. Reality is that the furloughs are causing major problems with employees financial situations as well as employee morale. Many state employees are actually at or close to the income limits for the services we provide for the community yet we are expected to “suck it up” and take the cut. There are dozens of cost cutting measures that can be taken other than furloughs and layoffs. Some have even been sent to the employee suggestion system and rejected as being against “procedure”. If the “procedure” is costing unneeding expense…CHANGE IT. Most offices are already understaffed and overworked so exactly what is being accomplished?

bob September 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Just remember all of this at election time. Remember that it wasn’t just Steve. It was the entire legislative branch. Note: Legislative Branch had no FURLOUGH!

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