Should state employees who are paid by private or federal funds be required to take a furlough like everybody else in state government? Many UW employees, especially scientific researchers who are paid largely by federal grant money, feel the furlough is unjust. What does happen to those federal dollars they don’t collect on those days? Does the state siphon it off?
Sifting and Winnowing discusses “Smart Furloughs,” proposed by State Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, which would exempt state employees who are paid with state AND federal funds from the mandatory vacations.
Roys’ proposal seems to big. Would it require any employee who receives ANY federal money from taking the furlough? There’s so much federal money in all aspects of state government (especially education) that thousands of employees could find ways to avoid the furloughs.