No Budget No Pay

05.14.09 | Terry Diener

Gov. Ed Rendell is warning tens of thousands of state employees that they will be expected to work without pay during a budget impasse, should one occur. The governor's message to state employees Wednesday said the approach is the result of a recent court decision. That decision ordered the state to either furlough all employees after the fiscal year expires June 30, or keep them working without pay during an impasse.

Rendell has not signed a budget on time since he became governor in 2003, amid partisan disputes with the Legislature. In past years, Rendell has kept employees paid and on the job. In 2007, he ordered a one-day unpaid furlough for all but the most critical workers. Employees are to receive back pay after Rendell signs a new budget.