State agencies were given a 5 percent reduction in personnel costs during last year’s legislative session. On Wednesday, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee heard what that has meant to state employees.
In fiscal year 2009, 149 state employees were laid off, though that number could include employees who were fired or let go for other reasons than budget concerns.
In fiscal year 2009, 4,536 state workers took 96,166 furlough hours.
In fiscal year 2010, which ends on June 30, there have already been 146 layoffs.
In fiscal year 2010, 5,906 state workers have taken 136,525 furlough hours. The Department of Health and Welfare announced Tuesday that it would institute furloughs on every other Friday afternoon beginning later this month.
These numbers do not include public education because those employees are paid through the districts.