Colo. state workers could be furloughed 4 days

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) - State workers could be furloughed for at least four days in the upcoming months to help balance the state budget.

Before they adjourned, state lawmakers told state agencies to cut costs by an additional $16 million by cutting salaries or furloughing workers. They left it up to Gov. Bill Ritter and his department heads to work out the details.

Ritter's Chief of Staff Jim Carpenter sent an e-mail to thousands of state workers describing the plan so far. He said four days of furloughs are possible in the budget year that begins July 1. However he said more could be ordered to help balance the existing budget or in case more budget cuts are needed because of a further drop in tax revenue.

Officials plan to schedule furlough days around holidays.

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