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House joins upcoming state furlough day, to tune of $35,000 savings

Rosalind Helderman

Looking for a Virginia state employee next Friday? They might well be sitting by the pool. Unpaid, of course.

Friday, May 28, the day before the long Memorial Day weekend, was selected as this year's one-day furlough day for all state employees, an effort to save money amid the state's budget crunch. House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) announced Friday that the state will save more than $35,000 with just the day off for legislative staff.

"With state employees throughout the Commonwealth being impacted in similar ways, I believe it is important that elected officials and their staffs actively participate in helping state government live within its means," he said.

Howell has previously announced a series of cost-savings measures, including pay cuts for delegates, to save more than $1 million this year. Howell's statement today quickly got him a valentine from the fiscally conservative Americans for Prosperity. "It is no small accomplishment to make the General Assembly spend less, on themselves," said AFP Virginia Director Ben Marchi.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 21, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Rosalind Helderman  
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That's absurd--where did Speaker Howell learn math?

There are 100 members of the House of Delegates. They each get a salary allowance for staff of ~$36k. There are 260 working days in a year (legislative staff don't get holidays), so that works out as less than $14k savings!

Pathetic. Not only is Bill Howell playing with numbers--he's taking it from people who barely earn enough money to begin with (there are already staffers who qualify for food stamps).

Posted by: ViennaBelle | May 21, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

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