Letter to the editor: Why not more furloughs?

Posted 4/29/20

 

Hopefully by the time your paper is printed, our elected officials who run special districts, local municipalities, Jefferson County and the state of Colorado will have followed the lead of …

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Letter to the editor: Why not more furloughs?

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Hopefully by the time your paper is printed, our elected officials who run special districts, local municipalities, Jefferson County and the state of Colorado will have followed the lead of Boulder. Last week Boulder announced it would furlough more than 730 employees; Aurora said it will leave 500 employees without pay: and Broomfield is doing the same with 230.
Gov. Polis unilaterally put thousands of hard-working Coloradans out of work. Yet he had not furloughed non-essential state employees. Why? 
Perhaps with some exceptions, there is no reason most Jeffco library or Apex Rec District employees should be receiving full pay and benefits while at home. Hundreds of city and county employees should be furloughed as well.
Better yet, government could begin easing restrictions to allow businesses that practice social distancing to reopen! When private companies’ employees get back to work, the government could recall its non-essential employees. Let’s do it when it’s safe, but until then, let’s have equity between government and non-government employees.
Mark Salley,
Arvada

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