Human Rights Commission Could Face Furloughs

Frankfort, KY – The Executive Director of the Kentucky agency that
investigates complaints of discrimination in housing
and employment says she plans to furlough employees
in fiscal year 2006.

Beverly Watts told a House Budget Subcommittee that
the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has a
growing caseload, but dwindling revenues.The furlough
plan discussed by Watts would give the commission's
36 staffers two days off per month, without pay.

Subcommitte Chairwoman Carolyn Belcher says the
Commission apparently would be the first state agency
to order furloughs.

Watts says there is no plan for furloughs in fiscal 2005,
but she says the plan will be implemented unless the
Commission gets at least 2.4 million dollars in the second
year of the biennial budget. Governor Fletcher's proposed
budget would give the Commission about 2.2 million dollars.