KENNEWICK, Wash. – Monday, December 2727th is the last furlough day for Washington in 2010.
In April 2010, Washington state Legislature passed and Governor Gregoire signed Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6503(ESSB 6503) into law. Designed to reduce state government operating expenses in workforce compensation.
The law also contains numerous exemptions from both office closures and compensation reduction plans to allow certain public safety, public health, and revenue generation activities to continue.
Child protection services, Community correction officers, Emergency public health and patient safety workers as well as State Patrol field enforcement and investigations are not subject to the closures.
The current recession has reduced state revenues significantly, forcing the Legislature to make cuts in agency budgets. State agency closures will require affected state workers to take an unpaid day off through temporary layoffs. Office closures and compensation reduction plans are intended to save more than $70 million in state operating costs ($38M state general fund, $35M other funds).