Boise State University

Boise State University has announced its plan to furlough faculty members over the next few months, despite projections that the state is on track for a record-breaking budget surplus.

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As the global economic downturn caused by the coronavirus continues to ripple out across countries and industries, one industry that was already struggling has found itself on unsteady — but familiar — footing: local news. 

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Boise State University

Boise State University this week announced furloughs for all staff and full-time faculty. The university says cancelled events and student refunds have cost nearly $10 million in lost revenue. Employees will take between four and 10 work days without pay, depending on their salary.

Boise State University Announces Furloughs

Apr 21, 2020
Boise State University

Boise State University is temporarily furloughing employees as a result of the financial fallout from COVID-19, according to an email sent to employees from university President Marlene Tromp.

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The Nampa School District was out of line when it asked teachers to sign a contract addendum to include furlough days.

Official U.S. Air Force

Furloughs have begun at Mountain Home Air Force base. Friday is the first day many civilian workers had to stay home after across-the-board budget cuts – known as the sequester – take effect.

Chief Master Sergeant Alex del Valle says the furloughs are already changing base operations. He says the civilian airmen work alongside the military airmen, and their support is essential.

More than 800 Idaho National Guard employees will start taking furlough days mandated by federal budget cuts.

Idaho National Guard spokesman Col. Tim Marsano says about 860 full-time employees will have one unpaid day off each week between now and the end of the federal fiscal year on Sept. 30. Marsano says the federal budget cuts affect 860 military technicians and civilian workers.

The federal budget cuts took effect when Congress failed to reach an agreement on a deficit reduction plan.


Nampa’s school board met in a special session Wednesday night to continue work on fixing the district’s $4.5 million budget shortfall. The board decided to continue efforts to borrow money. It also agreed to move toward a spring levy but stopped short of committing to the idea.

That’s in part because they want to see how successful the loan effort is. The district has a month to meet the deadline to put a levy on the March ballot.

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Last week the Nampa School District mandated four furlough days for all classified staff. That’s part of the district's plan to overcome a budget deficit of about $4.5 million. The district says teachers don’t have to take furloughs but, some say that’s not what they’re hearing.


Nampa’s school board has approved some money saving and revenue raising steps to fill about a $4.5 million shortfall. That budget hole was discovered last summer and blamed on accounting errors. The board approved recommendations Tuesday night from a special committee.