Colorado governor will require many state workers to take furloughs

Most state employees who make more than $50,000 annually will be taking up to four furlough days before the end of the fiscal year, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.

The number of furlough days will be dependent on an employee’s salary. Some employees will be exempt, but those taking the days include the governor and lieutenant governor. Employees who are exempt include those working necessary services during the pandemic as well as those in public safety.

“Colorado is facing one of the most challenging economic crises in our history, and public agencies are facing difficult budget constraints,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a news release. “Just as the private sector is tightening its belt, so too must the government. This thoughtful furlough plan helps address the state’s budget shortfall while ensuring that our lower wage workers are not impacted and we can continue to deliver high quality critical services for Coloradans.”

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday about how many employees will be affected.

Most state offices will also be closed the Friday after Thanksgiving to reduce furlough effects, according to the release.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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