Senate GOP: Furloughs option for teachers

Senate GOP: Furloughs option for teachers

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Senate Republicans say public education and higher education employees could avoid layoffs by taking unpaid days off known as furloughs.

Senate budget chairman Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says the GOP has agreed to let each department decide whether to participate in furloughs.

Under the plan approved by Senate Republicans on Tuesday behind closed doors, public education employees could agree to as many as five unpaid days off. Higher education employees would face as much as 11 unpaid days.

Hillyard says exact details of how the furloughs would take place haven't been finalized.

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