The Legislature's order for state employees to take 10 furloughs this budget year falls on a Friday this month. Upward of 24,000 state employees in general-government agencies are taking the day off Jan. 28 as part of "temporary layoffs" that began in July.
New exceptions to the stay-home order are employees in the Governor's Office and the Office of Financial Management. They were exempted by Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6503 during legislative sessions. Majority Democrats passed that law a year ago to trim $73 million in state and other fund spending, affecting nearly a third of general-government workers.
The January furlough is the sixth so far. Four additional furlough days are planned for many agencies on Feb. 22, March 11, April 22, and June 10, according to OFM, and other agencies such as Department of Social and Health Services are requiring additional furloughs for some staff because of across-the-board spending cuts ordered last fall.
More details on the furloughs and affected agencies are available at OFM’s site.
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The Department of General Administration is among affected agencies and is not be picking up or delivering campus mail Friday. But it is offering tours of the Legislative Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the domed Capitol will be open to the public all day. A skeleton crew will be on the campus for limited maintenance.