JACKSON — The state Personnel Board has approved furloughs up to six days for employees of the Department of Public Safety.
Lynn Fitch, the board’s executive director, tells The Clarion-Ledger that the Mississippi State Tax Commission and Department of Agriculture and Commerce were each approved for personnel furloughs of four to 12 days.
The Department of Human Services was originally cleared for furlough in February but went back to the Personnel Board March 18 and received approval for as many as eight furlough days.
The approval doesn’t mean furloughs will be ordered by those agencies.
So far, only DHS has announced a one-day furlough on April 2 at all its facilities except Oakley Training School. It affects 3,000 workers.
The furlough approvals came the day after Gov. Haley Barbour cut another $41 million from the state budget.
Fitch says her office expects more requests.
BEFORE YOU GO…
… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.
If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.Click for more info