SANTA FE, N.M. — State employees in New Mexico will not be ordered to take a temporary leave of absence after about $80 million in one-time money has been approved for the state’s cash reserves.

The Albuquerque Journal reports ( ) a spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez confirmed Thursday that unpaid furlough days will not be coming this month.

Due to ongoing cash flow concerns, furloughs had been floated by the Martinez administration as a possible money-saver if no additional funding was provided before the start of the state’s new budget year on Thursday.

Administration officials were considering ordering most rank-and-file state workers to take at least five unpaid furlough days before the end of the current budget year, which would have saved an estimated $8 million.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal,

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