Tue., January 26, 2010 5:05pm (EST)

Lawmakers Take Furlough Days
By Susanna Capelouto
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Speaker David Ralston is asking lawmakers to take furlough days.  (photo courtesy Ga. General Assembly)
Speaker David Ralston is asking lawmakers to take furlough days. (photo courtesy Ga. General Assembly)
Legislative leaders are calling on lawmakers to take another 6 to 8 furlough days in light of budget cuts this year.

State Lawmakers meet in Atlanta for 40 days a year, but hold their post year round. They get an annual salary of $17,341 plus expenses. House Speaker David Ralston says by taking more furlough days, legislators would send a strong message.

"We have furloughed teachers, we have furloughed state troupers and state employees," he says. "And I think it’s only fair that we do the same."

He says it would save about $70 thousand dollars more this year.

"It's not a huge amount of money," he says, "but it will save the state some money."

Furloughs are optional and most lawmakers have been taking 5 days already since August. Ralston says he expects all lawmakers to take the furlough days, but legislation might be needed to make them mandatory in the future.