Thursday, May 7, 2009
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a measure that would allow state employees to take voluntary furloughs to help the state save money and avoid layoffs. Rep. Mickey Michaux, D-Durham and the committee senior co-chairman, said many employees - particularly in the University of North Carolina system - are interested in time off in exchange for lost pay. That bill and another furlough bill approved by the committee don't prevent Gov. Beverly Perdue from ordering furloughs as she did last week. Michaux said lawmakers may still have to consider mandatory furloughs for the next budget.(THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 5/06/09).