Nearly 34,600 state employees will have some free time on their hands next month.

State officials announced earlier this month that 67% of employees paid through the state's general fund budget would be affected by a statewide plan for temporary layoffs.

The plan, which is expected to save the state $13 million, was part of the fiscal 1991 budget accord reached last month between Gov. John Engler and legislative leaders.

Under the plan, most of the employees will experience a four-day temporary layoff in August, while employees represented by the United Auto Workers Union will take an average of 24 hours of unpaid leave.

Spokesman John Truscott said the governor would be working for four days without pay while attending the National Governors Association conference.

The $13 million of savings will be used to balance the state's $7.6 billion general fund budget, which had been facing a deficit of more than $1 billion before the governor and legislature agreed to a series of spending cuts and one-time revenue measures.

The state's fiscal year ends Sept. 30.

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