Gov. Matt Mead authorized payment to all state employees who missed work because of the partial federal government shutdown, the governor's spokesman, Renny MacKay, said Wednesday.
The federal legislation that ended the shutdown mandated furloughed workers receive back pay for the work they missed. Mead needed to authorize an accounting move for the federal government to repay workers whose salaries are comprised of both federal and state dollars, MacKay said.
Certain state employees receive a mix of state and federal dollars for their salaries. During the shutdown, they worked according to the amount of state dollars their salaries comprised and had to stay at home when the state dollars for the week ran dry, because there were no federal appropriations available to cover the rest of their paychecks.
The percentages of state and federal dollars varies across the board. Some positions were 30 percent covered by federal dollars while others were 50 percent federal dollars. Certain employees receive as much as 80 percent federal money.
Wyoming has 298 employees who will receive back pay. The total amount they will receive is still unknown, Mackay said. Employees are expected receive their back pay by next week, according to the Obama administration's Office of Personnel and Management.