Governor takes action to give state employees Monday off with pay

July 2, 2017

For Immediate Release: Sunday, July 02, 2017
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

Since the Legislature has still failed to put a budget in place, Governor Paul R. LePage has announced he will allow state employees to take administrative leave with pay for Monday, July 3.

This is the same authority the Governor exercises in administratively closing non-emergency state offices the day before Christmas or Thanksgiving so employees can enjoy an extended holiday with their families and loved ones.

In addition, the Governor will provide employees already working as designated emergency personnel on Monday with compensatory time off for the work they perform on that day.

“Speaker of the House Sara Gideon is intent on prolonging the state government shutdown and making it uncertain whether state employees who have been forced out of work will get paid for Monday,” said Governor LePage. “It is unconscionable for state workers to lose a day’s pay because of the Legislature’s repeated failure to put a budget on my desk."

Assuming the Legislature does the right thing and funds state government operations from July 1 forward, these employees will get paid.

"I encourage our state employees to spend their day off Monday enjoying our state parks and all the wonderful summer activities Maine has to offer," the Governor said. "Hopefully, Speaker Gideon will ensure the Legislature is working hard tomorrow to pass a budget while our state workers enjoy a much-deserved day off with pay.”