Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) will announce today that state legislators are taking an additional six unpaid furlough days this fiscal year, the AJC has learned.
According to a copy of a letter Cagle and Ralston are sending members of the General Assembly, the move brings to 11 the total number of furlough days lawmakers will take in fiscal 2010. No state agency has taken more than 12; most have taken between three and 11. Legislative staff will only face three additional furlough days for a total of six for the fiscal year.
In addition, the two Capitol leaders said the General Assembly has returned $2.7 million in fiscal 2009 funding to the state treasury.
“Now that we have an even more realistic picture of our state’s revenue for the remainder of the fiscal year, we are announcing an additional six days of furloughs for General Assembly members, including ourselves,” Cagle and Ralston will say in a joint statement. “As elected leaders, we must lead by example and we are not immune to the revenue shortfalls that are affecting our state and our families. That is why we are committed to doing our small part to balance the budget.”
Legislators were furloughed one day a month between August and December and must take another six days between now and the end of June. These furloughs are in addition to the 8 percent budget cut lawmakers voted themselves in the fiscal 2010 budget.