For the first time in a generation, Kentucky courts will temporarily close due to budget cuts. All state court employees will be furloughed on August 6, September 4, and October 15 of this year. Chief Justice John Minton says except for holidays, this will be the first time since 1976 that the courts have closed.… Continue reading Kentucky Court Employees Will Be Furloughed for Three Days
The Clark County Council passed a measure on Monday requesting that departments report by Friday how they will stay within their budgets for the remainder of the year. “People are going to have to make some tough decisions right now and, as the county council, we’re trying to prod them along,” said Council President Kevin… Continue reading Clark County Departments Will Make Reports Friday
Congress will continue discussions this week to work out a deal to continue funding the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA ran out of money on last Friday and some 4,000 employees were put on furlough. Airport modernization projects were also put on hold this week. None of that should affect the Louisville Airport, though. Federal… Continue reading Impasse on FAA Funding Not Affecting Louisville Airport
Across the commonwealth this month, state workers will take the fifth of six mandatory unpaid days except for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who won’t participate in furloughs because he doesn’t agree with them. Statewide elected officials are prohibited from changing their salaries, but all have said they will write personal checks for a day’s… Continue reading Farmer Brushes Off Voluntary Furlough
To balance the budget, Beshear ordered 36,000 state workers to take six nonconsecutive unpaid furlough days this fiscal year. Three of those days have passed so far.
Representatives say the furloughs have caused financial hardships for state employees. The House voted 89-0 Wednesday to approve the symbolic resolution that calls for an end to the furloughs.
To date, state workers have taken three of the six furlough days, which are designed to save the state $24 million this fiscal year.
Friday is the first of six days state workers will have to take off through the end of the fiscal year. Some, such as corrections employees and mental hospital workers, are exempt from the furloughs.
Attorney John Frith Stewart, says the unpaid days off will cause state workers undue stress. But Personnel Cabinet Attorney Dan Egbers says the workers failed to meet the standard of proof required for a court injunction.
Attorneys for six state employees are pursuing a temporary injunction blocking upcoming furloughs and want the case declared a class action lawsuit. They argue the state has other options for cutting costs, like trimming spending on capital projects.
The Personnel Cabinet, citing safety considerations, announced limited exemptions for some workers, including those who provide direct patient care at state run mental health facilities, corrections officers and medical personnel at prisons and Kentucky State Police officers and communications personnel.