More recently, Ige announced last month he would not impose twice-per-month furloughs this year thanks to additional federal aid and the gradual recovery of the state’s tourism industry. But Ige said he still needed “labor savings” to balance the budget, which might take the form of furloughs.
“This new infusion of federal funding gives the state much needed breathing room so that layoffs and furloughs are no longer necessary in the foreseeable future,” Ige said in a written statement. “We must still assess all impacts of the COVID-19 relief bill before we have a clearer picture of its effect on the state budget.”
The federal relief package also offers an extra $300 per week in unemployment benefits through Sept. 6, and includes $1,400 stimulus payments for qualified taxpayers and their dependents.
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