Politics & Government

Friday will be a furlough day for most state workers

FRANKFORT — Most state offices will be closed Friday as part of the state's plan to balance the budget through six days of unpaid leave for state workers.

Friday will mark the sixth furlough day of this fiscal year, which ends June 30. State offices also will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day.

The furloughs, authorized by the General Assembly, are expected to save taxpayers about $24 million and prevent laying off more than 400 state employees. Many lawmakers had urged Gov. Steve Beshear to cancel the final furlough day, since the state now expects a $64 million surplus at the end of the fiscal year.

Beshear said in a statement that if state revenue improves next year, "reducing the number of furlough days will be among the first things we look at."

The furloughs do not apply to emergency services such as state police and prison guards and to workers in the legislative and judicial branches.