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Some State Employees Impacted By Furlough

October 7, 2013 State of Wyoming No Comments
Governor Matt Mead

Governor Matt Mead has reached out to those state employees whose positions are funded in whole or in part by the federal government and whose income has been impacted by the federal shutdown.  These are positions outside of federal agencies themselves.  Altogether, 233 individuals are employed by the Departments of Environmental Quality, Family Services, the Military, and Parks and Cultural Resources.  In his letter, Mead says he and his staff have explored all options, but found that state and federal law requires the furloughs of employees.  Says Mead: “The state cannot pay for all federally funded positions; however, the state is trying to take the best path forward.”  Mead recommended the employees use accrued annual leave and says they are also eligible for unemployment insurance for the duration of the shutdown.  In the meantime, Mead says, “I do hope the situation is resolved soon!”

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