Maryland state employee furloughs are official
Gov. O'Malley's office just sent out word that he signed an executive order this morning making his furlough plan for state employees official. Looks like it remains pretty much as the governor proposed it a couple of weeks ago. The plan is expected to save $34 million. It comes on a day when the state is getting new (and significantly worse) revenue estimates for this year and next, which means this may not even be the end of it. Here are the details:
All employees subject to this Executive Order shall be required to forego the equivalent of at least two days of pay, and employees making more than $40,000 will also be required to take 16 or 24 furlough hours on or after January 14, 2009 and before June 30, 2009. Employees earning salaries of less than $40,000 will not be required to take furlough hours, although they will be included in the two days of pay equivalent salary reduction, which are pre-designated for December 26, 2008 and January 2, 2009.
To mitigate the impact of the required two days salary equivalent reduction on permanent employees, these salary reductions will be spread over the remainder of FY 2009. Employees earning greater than $40,000 per year, depending on pay, are required to take additional 16 to 24 furlough hours between January 14, 2009 and June 30, 2009. These additional furlough hours will be in the form of leave without pay, and will be reflected in the actual pay period in which the employees do not work.
Employees in 24/7 health and public safety positions are exempt from these pay reductions. State employees are encouraged to visit the “State Employees” section of www.dbm.maryland.gov, where the full Executive Order is posted along with Frequently Asked Questions.