Virginia workers take an unpaid day off, shutting down state government
Virginia state workers took Friday as an unpaid day off, virtually shutting down state government.
Most of the state's 102,000 employees are off, though some of them -- in public safety and healthcare -- took other days off so they could work Friday.
The furlough day is expected to save the financially strapped state government $16.9 million.
Former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) proposed the day off before he left office. His successor, Bob McDonnell (R), recommended 10 furlough days. The state Senate favored six but the House of Delegates did not want to expand the number.
House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) announced last week that he would have legislative staff join the executive branch in the unpaid day off, saving another $35,000.
But there's at least one person working for free today: McDonnell. The governor told listeners on his monthly call-in show Thursday that he'd be hard at work at his office in the Patrick Henry Building despite a lack of salary.
"It's a great job. It's an incredible privilege to be the 71st governor,'' McDonnell said. "If I didn't have five children, I'd do it for free."
May 28, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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