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Other state budgets in worse shape than Tennessee's; state workers paying the price

March 4, 2002

Across the United States, cash-strapped states are asking employees to work extra hours for no pay and to defer wages or take unpaid vacations to help balance the budget, says a recent Associated Press article.

New Jersey state workers are being asked to take unpaid furloughs of up to 90 days. The state also plans to lay off part-timers.

State agencies in Indiana are asking employees to work 30-hour weeks instead of 37 1/2.

Iowa is facing a $120 million shortfall, and state workers may have to take one day a month off without pay through the end of the budget year.

South Carolina is asking workers at its state university to consider a plan that would stretch its workweek to 40 hours. The senate also is furloughing 113 employees for three days without pay.

Massachusetts may be the worst off, with state welfare workers being asked to work without pay for two weeks and to defer their pay for up to four years. Many are complying to save their co-workers jobs.