Governor Welcomes Furloughed Employees

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Gov. Matt Mead
Gov. Matt Mead

State employees furloughed by the federal government shutdown have been asked to come back to work.

Wyoming's Governor Matt Mead directed state agency heads to ask the staff to return to work as soon as possible, after he got word Wednesday night that President Barack Obama had signed the bill to end the partial government shutdown.

A total of 239 state employees were on partial or full furlough, coming primarily from four departments – environmental quality, military and workforce and family services.

The furloughs affected employees with positions that are funded in whole or in part by federal funds that ceased to be available as a result of the shutdown.

The governor has authorized the employees to use accrued annual leave, if they choose, and they were also made eligible for unemployment insurance.

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