Budget woes may lead to Alabama furloughs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State government may use employee furloughs to cope with budget cuts.

The State Personnel Board has scheduled a public hearing March 11 to discuss implementing a furlough plan.

If approved, it would allow a state employee to be furloughed up to two days per month without pay.

But the employee would keep health insurance and other benefits.

State Personnel Director Jackie Graham says furloughs could be an option for department heads trying to avoid layoffs.

She says employees who are laid off lose their health insurance.

The Alabama State Employees Association is opposing the proposal.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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