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31,000 state workers will take furlough days

Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Governor photo
Daniel Boothe

The state of Michigan has sent temporary furlough notices to 31 thousand public employees.

The state is expecting a dramatic loss of revenue due to COVID-19.

The drop in employment and economic activity means less tax revenue. The state’s response is rollbacks in hours and paychecks for many state workers. That’s through July 25th. That’s expected to save 80 (m) million dollars.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says a federal program will help state workers with partial reimbursement for lost salaries.

“I’ll continue to work hard to protect our state employees and ease the pressure that this crisis has put on our state budget.”

Public safety and frontline health workers will not be affected.

The governor says she and members of her cabinet will also return part of their paychecks.


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