Governor Justice seeks legislative permission to furlough thousands of public employees

By Local News | March 08, 2017
On the 16th day of the legislative session, Gov. Jim Justice is asking state lawmakers to pass legislation allowing for employee furloughs in the event of a fiscal emergency.
According to a release from the governor’s office, Justice wants the ability to issue an executive order to furlough state workers in response to the state’s ongoing financial difficulties. The bill also would define the rights of state employees with respect to their employee benefits during the furlough period, the announcement stated.
In true Jim Justice lingo, the statement included a reference to animal waste.
“Because West Virginia’s finances are such a dog’s mess, furlough legislation is a necessary precaution to stop the bleeding if we don’t act,” Justice stated.
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