Furlough Bills Affecting Workers Clear NC House

The North Carolina House affirmed that lawmakers and judicial workers must take a small pay cut like Gov. Beverly Perdue ordered for the rest of state government.

The House agreed Thursday with legislation that explains how
Perdue's executive order to require mandatory furloughs should be
carried out.

Perdue's order said state employees in all three branches of government must take a 0.5 percent pay cut. In exchange, workers
get 10 hours off. But lawmakers believe the order only applies to the executive branch.

The bill extends the mandatory furloughs to lawmakers and most judicial branch workers.

The House passed another bill that details how employees could take voluntary furloughs to save the state money in the future.

Both measures now go to the Senate.


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