Money Panels Take up State Worker Salary Cuts

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Legislative money committees are set to consider key provisions in Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval's budget proposal that call for state worker salary cuts.

Sandoval wants to replace monthly furloughs with 5 percent salary cuts. State employees have been required to take a day off each month since July 2009. The furloughs amounted to a salary reduction of 4.6 percent.

The governor's two-year budget plan also calls for the continued suspension of merit increases and longevity payments. It further includes eliminating premium holiday pay, a provision that would affect public safety workers in particular.

The Senate Finance and Assembly Ways and Means committees will discuss the proposals Tuesday.

Democrats on the same panels last week rejected similar proposals for teachers.

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