Kentucky offices closed Friday for statewide furlough day

KENTUCKY (FOX19) - State offices in Kentucky will be closed on Friday, Nov. 12 as a part of balancing the state budget.

The General Assembly authorized the 2010-12 biennial budget and has furloughed six days out of the 2011 Fiscal Year.

The furloughs are expected to save taxpayers $24 million and prevent laying off more than 400 state employees. offices will also be closed for the observance of Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11.

"By scheduling this furlough day on the Friday following Veterans day, I hope we will lessens the impact to citizens who rely on state services, " said Governor Steve Beshear. "The closure of state offices for this and the other two common days will increase operational savings by decreasing energy and other operational costs."

A limited number of state offices have been approved to remain open or partially open on Nov. 12. Those employees will take their furlough on another day in November.

Employees groups who perform critical services in 24/7 facilities or who are in public safety positions will not take part in the furloughs. They include Mental health personnel, Corrections officers, medical personnel at prisons and the Kentucky State Police officers and communications personnel.

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