NH gov planning for layoffs if furloughs rejected

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New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch continues to plan for laying off hundreds of state workers if the union representing most employees fails to approve a furlough plan.

Lynch spokesman Colin Manning said the governor would prefer furloughs to layoffs, but it is up to state workers now. Last night, State Employees’ Association leaders agreed to let rank-and-file members vote on a contract containing a furlough plan. But the union leaders recommended rejecting the contract.

Manning said the state will be ready to send pink slips or implement furloughs when the votes are counted. The deadline for a vote is Oct. 12.

Manning said Lynch believes everyone should take unpaid furloughs though he can’t order the legislative or judicial branches to do so.

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