Report: ‘Furloughs for state workers supported’

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that the state streamlining commission will issue a recommendation that agencies consider furloughing employees for four days each year. The recommendation fell far short of a stronger proposal that would have eliminated 5,000 state jobs per year through attrition.

Without much discussion, the Commission on Streamlining Government on Tuesday endorsed a proposal that state government workers next year take four days off without pay. The commission then turned its attention to a controversial plan to trim the state work force.

State Treasurer John Kennedy said after the meeting the furlough recommendation is meaningless because it is something agencies can already do.

“The recommendation doesn’t do anything. All it does is recommend that the agencies consider doing it,” he said.

Any furloughs would have to be approved by the state Department of Civil Service.

However, the Streamlining Commission wants agencies to “consider using furloughs to keep costs down” in the state budget year that starts July 1.

Revenue for state services is expected to drop by $1 billion for that fiscal year.

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