Ordinance allows mandatory furloughs in Houston
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston, which is facing a budget shortfall of
nearly $30 million, has approved an ordinance that would allow
Mayor Annise Parker to order mandatory furloughs of city workers.
The ordinance, which was passed during Houston's city council
meeting on Wednesday, comes after Parker's voluntary furlough
program announcement last week asking workers to take at least one
unpaid day off this month.
Parker says she is not ordering mandatory furloughs right away.
City officials are still reviewing the budget before deciding how
many unpaid days off workers might be ordered to take next year.
While some estimates by city departments had put the budget
shortfall as high as $80 million, Parker said the number is about
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