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By Sheila Ash

The first of day of furloughs is Friday for many Kentucky government employees.  Last month Gov. Steve Beshear announced the unpaid days off to help balance the budget.

“We’ve worked very hard to look at each furlough plan from each agency to minimize any disruption and at the same time save the maximum amount of money.  We’re going to save roughly $24 million with this furlough policy,” he said.

Friday is the first of six days state workers will have to take off through the end of the fiscal year.  Some, such as corrections employees and mental hospital workers, are exempt from the furloughs. Last month, various agencies began laying off political employees in order to save another $5 million.

The budget requires Beshear to save $131 million this fiscal year.    A Franklin circuit judge Thursday denied a request by some state workers to block the furloughs.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."