Richardson Revises Furlough Days

New Mexico – Gov. Bill Richardson is revising a schedule for unpaid furloughs for state government workers.

Richardson said Monday that one furlough day will be March 5 rather than Dec. 31. Without the change, three consecutive paychecks of government workers would have been reduced because of furloughs.

The governor has ordered five unpaid furlough days for workers in executive branch agencies because of a state budget shortfall. The furloughs do not apply to public schools and colleges or other branches of government such as the courts.

The governor had planned the furloughs around holidays to allow most agencies to close for four-day weekends.

Under the revised schedule, the furloughs will be Dec. 24, Jan. 15, March 5, April 2 and May 28.

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