House joins upcoming state furlough day, to tune of $35,000 savings
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.
May 21, 2010; 2:10 PM ET
Categories: General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Rosalind Helderman
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