Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Furloughs, pay cuts ordered for state workers

RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue today ordered unpaid furloughs for all state workers, public school teachers and higher education employees, in an effort to balance the state budget in a struggling economy.

All state employees will see their paychecks in May and June reduced by a total of one half of one percent of their annual salary. An employee making $50,000 per year would see his or her pay reduced a total of $250 during the next two months. An employee making $30,000 would see a salary cut of $150.

In return, state employees will be given 10 hours of flexible time off, which they may take between June 1 and Dec. 31.

I've never been so happy to get paid so little.

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