Nov 3, 2011- Williams Pledges to End Furloughs for Ky. State Workers

By: Michael Hyland
By: Michael Hyland

Senate President David Williams (R) made the announcement a few days after a debate in which he blasted Gov. Steve Beshear (D) for making that move.

Following Monday's gubernatorial debate in Kentucky, Republican candidate and state Senate President David Williams is pleding to end unpaid furloughs for state government workers.

He criticized Gov. Steve Beshear (D), who's running for re-election, for making that move as part of his plan to cut $1 billion from Kentucky's budget.

Beshear defended it as a move necessary to avoid laying off workers.

Check out the story below as well as the information about a shouting match in Ohio's legislature today.


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams is pledging to end unpaid furloughs for state government workers if he's elected in next Tuesday's general election.    

Williams, the longtime president of the Kentucky state Senate, released a statement Thursday saying the mandatory furloughs had minimal impact on the state budget and should never have been imposed.     

Williams and independent gubernatorial candidate Gatewood Galbraith are running against Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear, who is seeking re-election to a second term.     

Beshear has said he had to impose the unpaid furloughs to avoid layoffs in the tough financial times brought on by an ailing economy.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Shouting erupted in the Ohio House as legislators met to consider a new map of Ohio's U.S. House districts.     

About a dozen Republicans walked off the floor during the Thursday session, with some Democratic members accusing them of being afraid to debate the issue.     

House Minority Leader Armond Budish rose to talk about what he called egregious gerrymandering, and state Rep. Lynn Wachtmann, a Republican, yelled about lies.     

Democratic state Rep. Robert Hagan began shouting about the high poverty rate in his hometown Youngstown.  

Republicans introduced a revised map Thursday saying they hope to garner Democratic support. Democrats have been gathering signatures to challenge an initial map drafted in September.

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