by Max Brantley
“It is my understanding that nearly 700 state employees have already been furloughed as a direct result of the federal budget crisis and thousands more are expected to be furloughed should federal shutdown continue. I believe it is our duty to see that employees in Arkansas are treated fairly and guaranteed the same back pay options as federal employees.”
As the furloughed employees are paid with federal funds through federal programs, we will have to wait and see what officials in Washington do whenever the shutdown ends. We have to abide by federal law on these positions and personnel. Obviously we hope the federal government will make these employees whole after denying them pay through no fault of their own.
State employees paid with Arkansas funds have not been furloughed as a result of the federal shutdown.