Carpooling, Four Day Work Weeks Proposed For State Workers

In response to high gas prices, Governor Steve Beshear has announced some new initiatives aimed at helping state workers save money.

The state has set up a new Web site that will be used to allow state workers to hook up with people who live nearby so more people can carpool.

The Governor also addressed the issue of four day work weeks. He says allowing them to work four longer days rather than five eight hour days should reduce their commuting costs by 20 percent.

In recent weeks, Kentucky's Secretary of State's office has implemented a four-day work week.

Beshear said nothing at Tuesday's press conference about mandating four day work weeks, so it will be up to individual agencies to make that decision.

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  • by state Location: worker on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:11 PM
    You people quit workin an quit cryin an set home draw you a check I really dont care what you think we work harder then coal minners do we work harder then anybody
  • by An Honest Bread Winner Location: KY on Jul 18, 2008 at 06:00 PM
    Well Lee, do you think he shouldn't try to cut back cost. Maybe he should just raise state taxes so everyone that has less money can make up the difference that the state pays out for the extra day of work & gas expenses (many employees are reimbursed for mileage). Or, do you even pay taxes to care? Maybe you're just worried that you can't get to the welfare office on the day you want to go. Try just being happy for those it will help. In case you didn't know--this isn't a perfect world.
  • by lee Location: annville on Jul 18, 2008 at 12:57 PM
    You know it's funny how the Governer will help out all the state workers with car pooling and 4 days a week. How (GREAT), but what about the people with less money and have to buy their gas working five days a week and traveling 40 - 60 miles aday? Where's our help? Oh I forgot, we need to work more and pay for more gas for the state. HOW SWEET: I suppose there won't be another election after this one.
  • by State Worker Location: Kentucky on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:34 AM
    Best Benefits? Maybe 10 years ago! What are the benefits? Earning 1 day of sick and 1 day of vacation a month? State holidays off? That's about it for the perks other than our insurance which for a family is well over 400.00 a month. I don't understand? We have to purchase our own long term, short term disability insurance, dental and vision - and we have to find the carriers for those services on our own. Best Benefits? You can find a job that includes the benefits we get really anywhere. I love my job and the services that I provide but it's people like you that don't or won't understand that.
  • by check Location: drawer on Jul 18, 2008 at 06:25 AM
    you state workers got it so ruff I sure dont think I can even stan out in the sun an watch one man work so hard lol this is funny by the way how many bosses they have on the road crew to many cheifs an no indians
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 18, 2008 at 04:55 AM
    Posted by: State Worker Location: Kentucky on Jul 15, 2008 at 07:51 PM - you may be the lowest paid, but you got the best benefits... :)
  • by state worker Location: ea ky on Jul 17, 2008 at 09:03 PM
    State workers get paid semimonthly - not biweekly. Our 1% raise plus much more goes to pay for things like health insurance - some workers have had to go outside the state and purchase private health insurance because the state charges so much. We are also subject to the same rising expenses resulting from the exploding energy costs. Many, many state workers are working to help people and our caseloads increase as the economy worsens. You know, EVERY state worker is see through the same "shovel leaner" mentality by people who show their ignorance by their attitude.
  • by tanya Location: frankfort on Jul 17, 2008 at 07:21 AM
    CHECK: most of us have worked those sort of jobs. It comes to my attention that people that complain about state workers are the ones that are not able to get those jobs. PLUS, we don't get raises anymore, we get 1%, that is about $5 a week. I work TWO Jobs and going to school for my graduate degree. Don't tell me about hard work buddy.
  • by check Location: drawer on Jul 17, 2008 at 06:26 AM
    the only thing diffrent between me an a state worker is i draw my check once a month an they draws thiers ever two week
  • by Family Support Worker Location: Kentucky on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:22 AM
    This will actually help 1 out of 10 that you see? I am a state worker and deal work in the food stamp/medicaid and welfare office. I earn my small salary of 24k a year after 4 years on the job! As the economy slumps my job and casework increases each and everyday. You try looking into the eyes of a single parent working a full time job, getting no child support and doesn't know where there next meal is and tell them sorry you aren't eligible because you make 10.00 above the food stamp income cut-off.....Don you are an idiot


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