Government Shutdown Forces State Furloughs

Gov. Matt Mead (Leslie Stratmoen Photo)
Gov. Matt Mead (Leslie Stratmoen Photo)

In news coming from the governor's office, we've learned that 233 state employees will be furloughed Monday as part of the federal government shutdown.

In a release from his office, Gov. Matt Mead said the employees work in the state's departments of environmental quality, family services, parks and cultural resources and the military.

He said taking the action was difficult but he was required to do so by both state and federal law. He went on to say, the employees may choose to use annual leave and may apply for unemployment.

The governor explained that of the 9,800 employees that work for the state, 1,600 are funded in whole or part by federal funds. Money for those to be furloughed Monday comes from federal funds that were cut Tuesday. The governor says the federal shutdown could force more state workers to be furloughed if the shutdown continues past the end of the month.

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