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Utah agency's employees to take 1-day furlough

Utah agency's employees to take 1-day furlough



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Employees at the Utah Department of Natural Resources will have to take a one-day furlough by the end of January as the agency works to meet the governor's mandated 3 percent budget cut this fiscal year.

Natural Resources Executive Director Mike Styles says he found out recently that he has to cut $761,000 in spending by June 30.

The agency employs the equivalent of 1,359 full-time workers. It's one of Utah's largest agencies and includes seven divisions.

A spokeswoman says the 10-hour furloughs, which can be taken in two five-hour chunks, will save the department an estimated $250,000.

Gov. Gary Herbert earlier this month issued an executive orderfor the 3 percent across-the-board cuts to offset a $183 million budget shortfall.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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