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Several members of Majority Caucus will participate in voluntary furlough program

Friday June 3, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Several members o fthe  Majority Caucus have indicated they will participate in the week long voluntary furlough program proposed by Mayor greg Fischer in the FY 2011-2012 Budget.

David James (D-6)

“The reality of our current budget situation is that everyone must sacrifice in order to avoid mass layoffs of city workers or a further reduction in services. For those of us in a position of leadership, it only seems appropriate to step forward and take some initiative. I strongly support Mayor Fischer’s decision to make this voluntary for most of Metro Government’s employees. My legislative aid and I committed to the week-long furlough as a way to share in our part of the fiscal responsibility and I am confident that many other Metro employees will do the same.”

Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13)

“With families throughout our entire community tightening their belts, all of us in the District 13 office will voluntarily take part in Mayor Fischer’s furlough program. My constituents should know that even though I will not be paid for it, I will still be working for them.Shared sacrifice of this kind allows us to work together to lessen our burdens and increase our successes. District 13 is proud to be part of the solution to bring our city out of the recession with fiscal responsibility,” 

David Yates (D-25)

“As families tighten their belts all across Southwest Louisville, I will take part in Mayor Fischer’s Voluntary week long furlough program. The residents of District 25 should know that even though I will not be paid for it, I will still be working for them. Shared sacrifice of this kind helps ease budget concerns and helps us keep from any massive layoffs and cuts in services.”

Barbara Shanklin (D-2)

“I feel by making this effort, Metro Louisville is avoiding layoffs in city government. We have many employees who are faced with economic challenges and they need their jobs like everyone else. I appreciate the President’s effort to show everyone the Council’s willingness to lead and share in the tough choices to keep the city moving forward.”

Rick Blackwell (D-12)

“Without question, we in Metro Government should let the people we serve know, we can tighten our belts too. Until better financial times come along, it’s important that we all work together to keep communities safe and maintain essential services. I commend the Mayor for a realistic approach to using furloughs. Making it voluntary is a much easier way to encourage involvement,”

Tina Ward-Pugh (D-9)

“As citizens ourselves, all of us in the 9th District office will join the rest of our community in sharing the responsibility for closing the gap in our upcoming budget. Our shared efforts will ensure that essential services continue to be available as we continue our shared journey back to a more stable economy. I know it is a tough decision for some, but if it helps erase the need to cut services or lay off employees it is an easy decision for me without question,”

Judith Green (D-1)

“In these tough economic times, my staff and I want to make sure that no one is laid off and that we are able to help keep the essential services government provides to help our people. I applaud the Mayor for not making this a mandatory program for all Metro employees. This is a responsible approach.

Dan Johnson (D-21)

“I believe many people look to government for leadership in these tight economic times. We as leaders must show our willingness to sacrifice as we assist our constituents who are also facing some tough financial choices. While we have been told there is some improvement in the local economy, I agree with Mayor Fischer that we all have to join together to keep providing services, people have come to expect."

David James (D) 6
Vicki Aubrey Welch (D) 13
Davd Yates (D) 25
Barbara Shanklin (D) 2
Rick Blackwell (D) 12
Tina Ward-Pugh (D) 9