Rell asks workers to take unpaid leave

January 14, 2009 8:12:29 AM PST
Gov. M. Jodi Rell is going without pay for one day, and is asking her commissioners and managers to do the same. It's all part of an effort to cut costs as Connecticut faces billions of dollars in deficits over the next couple years.

Rell, who says she worked Tuesday without pay, is asking the approximately 2,500 executive branch managers and appointees to volunteer to take a day off without pay, which is allowed under state law. If everyone participates, the Department of Administrative Services estimates that a little more than $1 million could be saved.

Rell saved the state $575 by not getting paid for one day.

She's also hoping constitutional officers, judicial and legislative officials will also consider taking an unpaid day of leave before March 1.

Lawmakers will meet Wednesday to tackle the current fiscal year's estimated $343 million deficit. The next two fiscal years, starting on July 1, are projected to be at least $6 billion in the red.

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