ND Voluntary Buyouts

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Officials say 173 employees from cabinet-level agencies in state government have applied for voluntary buyouts.

In April, Republican Gov. Doug Burgumgave agency heads the option to offer buyouts to employees. In a letter drafted by Burgum's office, agencies told employees the buyouts might limit the need for layoffs.

The deadline to apply for a buyout was Monday. It's up to the agencies to determine which buyouts are accepted.
The applicants include Financial Institutions Commissioner Robert Entringer, Deputy State Health Officer Arvy Smith and Sheila Peterson, the fiscal management director for the Office of Management and Budget.

The options for the buyouts range from a lump-sum payout of three months' salary to accepting no pay but staying on the state's health insurance plan for a year.

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