Governor announces delay of furloughs

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige announced today that there will be a delay in state furloughs. In a letter sent to state employees this afternoon, the governor said the state had been waiting months to see if Congress would provide additional federal funds to help address the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic impacts here in Hawai‘i.

On Monday, a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill was passed, and while the aid package doesn’t provide designated funding to state and local governments for revenue shortfall, it does provide direct funding for mitigation measures that the state would have to pay for otherwise, such as vaccine distribution, testing, education, and more. Based on the promise of federal aid, the governor made the decision to delay the implementation of the furloughs, which was set to begin on Jan. 1, 2021.

However, he added that because it’s a fluid situation, there is no timeline of when the furloughs will begin.

Gov. Ige said, “I know the uncertainty makes things difficult for you and your families. We are continuing to monitor the latest information and will provide an update as soon as we can.”

  1. I saw a Vampire once December 24, 2020 1:14 am Reply

    I guess the Airports is laying off employees also. And the car rental companies. The bus systems on Kaua’i. State employees that always fix the roads and highways are being laid off. State employees that work for the forestry division at the parks and Koke’e areas also laid off. State employees working on the highways also are out of a job. All might or might not have a stimulus check.

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