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Notices sent to employees with Alaska budget unresolved

May 30, 2019
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in his office at the state Capitol on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. Dunleavy says he's hopeful the Legislature will pass a budget next week but says his administration is preparing in case that doesn't happen. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to reporters in his office at the state Capitol on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. Dunleavy says he's hopeful the Legislature will pass a budget next week but says his administration is preparing in case that doesn't happen. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he’s hopeful the Legislature will pass a budget next week but says his administration is preparing in case that doesn’t happen.

State employees got a letter Wednesday warning that notices of possible furloughs or layoffs would be sent if a budget isn’t passed by the end of the special session, which could last until June 14.

The new fiscal year starts July 1.

The letter says state law and collective bargaining agreements address the notice requirement and require that most employees get 10 working days’ notice from the end of the fiscal year.

In late May 2017, then-Gov. Bill Walker’s administration sent letters more explicitly stating when layoffs would occur if a budget didn’t pass by the start of the fiscal year. Such layoffs were averted.

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