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December 23, 2008

State workers: What are you doing with your furlough day?

Any state workers out there who are reading this, please write in and let us know what you're planning to do on Friday (particularly if you would not otherwise have had the day off.) We're hoping to get a story about it in Saturday's paper. Please include an e-mail address so we can contact you. (If you don't want your e-mail to be visible on the website, send it to me separately at

Posted by Andy Green at 11:01 AM | | Comments (16)


Ill be giving thanks it's a furlough day rather than a layoff

Can somebody explain why they took the comments box off all Sun opinions?

The State of Maryland is now forcing me to finish putting-up my Christmas decorations.

I just think of it as a paycheck-challenged holiday

i'll be making shabbos with my daughters, and thanking God with all my heart that my furlough is only 2 days and not longer . . . that i have a job to return to and not the unemployment line . . . and that i have beautiful a family with which to spend my mandatory days off.

I will be at home enjoying my kids. I am thankful to still have a job. I would rather have a furlough than a layoff.

I will be supplementing my income by cleaning houses and dog-sitting. Because I am a Contractual worker and will not be receiving the same salary reduction plan as regular employees! You'd think the State was saving enough money by not giving us benefits as it is.

Thanking that I still have a job, and resting from all of the holiday rush.

I’m going to spend the day doing things I love to do but don’t always have time for. I plan to do Pilates in the morning, make some homemade soup and catch up on some reading. One thing I won’t be doing is hitting any of the sales that day. To be honest, I don’t need a thing and I’m trying to watch my spending...especially in these uncertain economic times.

I'm going to be home relaxing. I'm thankful for the furlough day. No one in my department has been laid off so we are all happy about that.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore has Monday, January 19, 2009, Martin Luther King birthday, off so I plan on using my furlough day to stay home and watch the Obama inauguration on television. It'll be a long weekend for me.

I'm going to Atlantic City

I'll be relaxing with family and friends, and be happy that I still have gainful employment so that I may continue to enjoy unexpected, extended holidays.

Stay at home and do nothing but rest

I bet O'Malley is getting paid, huh? More Socialist redistribution of wealth, State folks pay the price of poor ELECTED management.

Last furlough day I ironically went after-Christmas shopping. This upcoming furlough day I think I may volunteer a few hours to the Republican Party in hopes that they knock off O'Malley. It wasn't enough that O'Malley passed the largest tax hike in Maryland's history, but he felt the need to screw state workers when there were over 4,000 vacant jobs.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

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