Local & Regional
8:46 am
Mon December 28, 2009

State Budget Crisis

Oklahoma City, OK – 6 state agencies develop plans regarding furloughs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) As state revenues continue falling, six state agencies have developed plans for employee furloughs.

The state Office of Personnel Management has approved the furlough plans for the Office of Juvenile Affairs; the Department of Tourism and Recreation; the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry; the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System, the Office of Disability Concerns and the Pardon and Parole Board.

Since August, state agencies have been told to make 5 percent budget cuts, and those cuts were increased to 10 percent for December and January.

Oscar Jackson, the Office of Personnel Management's administrator, says furloughs are limited to up to 23 days annually.

Jackson says some agencies are considering voluntary buyout offers for employees near retirement age. He says others could implement a reduction in their work force.

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Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com