LETTER – Pay furloughed workers, penalize legislators for government shutdown

 Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick said today he supports legislation to retroactively pay state employees furloughed during the recent three-day state government shutdown, but adds that legislators’ salary should be reduced $1,000 this year.

“State workers were furloughed through no fault of their own. They were willing to work. They deserve to be paid,” said Bramnick (R-Union). “Shutting down government is a serious matter. The Legislature failed to meet its financial obligation to provide a budget. The members should be penalized for their lack of timely action.”

Following the shutdown, Bramnick introduced legislation (A5127) to fine members $250 for each day the Legislature fails to enact a general appropriation law.

The Senate approved a bill Thursday to retroactively pay involuntarily furloughed state employees for worktime lost during the shutdown. The Assembly will vote on an identical measure on Monday, July 31. Gov. Chris said he will sign the legislation.