The Lansing State Journal is reporting that, due to the state government budget surplus, unionized government workers will not have to take four unpaid furlough this year as was previously believed.
Nearly 37,000 unionized state employees will not have to take four furlough days before Oct. 1, 2012, as originally projected, state officials said this afternoon.
Kurt Weiss, spokesman for the state Department of Technology, Management and Budget, said today that a higher-than-anticipated surplus will allow the state to waive the furlough days for the employees.
With the fight over the budget surplus funds heating up, it appears that some of it has now been allocated. For once, the union members got a tiny slice of pie.