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Workplace Issues Today: Massachusetts state senators to take unpaid leave

In Massachusetts, 40 state senators agreed to unpaid furloughs in order to combat budget problems. Massachusetts is facing a $2 billion budget shortfall this year. Senators in the $50,000 – $75,000 range will take three furlough days, while those earning more will take five. The group will take the days off before July 1st, saving about $50,000 as a result. Other cost-cutting measures include a hiring freeze and cutbacks in travel.

See Mass. senators taking furloughs to balance budget,” Boston Herald, The Associated Press, Apr 29 2009 (KBT)

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