The Gov. Bill Richardson administration has come out with a draft of its plan to furlough all state employees except those for "critical public safety and welfare positions."
The plan, submitted to union leaders, is as follows. It basically extends holidays by forcing the employees off the day before the actual holiday. That means long weekends for some, and stretches without government services for others.
Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009 (Friday, Dec. 25 is Christmas)
Thursday, Dec. 31, 2009 (Friday, Jan. 1 is New Year's)
Friday, Jan. 15, 2010 (Monday, Jan. 18 is MLK Day)
Friday, April 2, 2010 (Good Friday, for which employees already can take four hours off)
Friday, May 28, 2010 (Monday, May 31 is Memorial Day)
Already, the plan isn't sitting well with some employees, as it means two paychecks around Christmas and New Year's that would be smaller than usual.
Cabinet secretaries are working with the State Personnel Office on the plan.