More than 2,000 Tenn. workers offered to apply for buyouts

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam speaks about the conclusion of the legislative session at a news conference at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., on Thursday, April 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)
photo Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is offering more than 2,000 state workers to apply for buyouts.

Letters detailing the offers were sent out last week, but weren't expected to reach the affected workers until Tuesday because of the Memorial Day holiday.

A spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources said details about the packages and a breakdown of how many buyouts are being sought by the state agency wouldn't be available until sometime Tuesday.

The deadline to apply for the buyouts is July 17.

Haslam has sought more flexibility in the rules of employment for state workers since coming into office in 2011.

But lawmakers pushed back at his most recent proposal to do away with longevity bonuses, and instead only approved the change for new hires.