So, Gov. Steve Sisolak’s plan for cutting state spending this coming fiscal year calls for a freeze on merit raises and filling job vacancies and one-day-a-month “furloughs” and laying off no more than 50 state public employees, according to the morning paper.
We wonder what the more than 335,000 drawing unemployment and the thousands more simply out of work think of that concern for public sector workers. According to a DETR email this morning, “Through the week ending June 6, there have been 517,925 initial claims filed in 2020, 496,273 of which have come in the last thirteen weeks.”
“The economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to take a different direction with our state budget in response to our changed economic reality,” the compassionate governor was quoted as saying. “I know for many state employees, layoffs, furloughs, and budget cuts are all too familiar and create tremendous hurdles in the work of serving our state.”