November 26, 2014

State offices slated to close for five days

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LANSING — The Department of Management and Budget recently announced in a press release that most Michigan state government offices will be closed for six days this summer to accommodate the temporary, unpaid furlough of state employees.

According to the release, state offices are closed on:

•Monday, July 6

•Friday, July 24

•Friday, August 7

•Friday, August 21

•Friday, September 4

The first day of closure was Friday, June 19.

The closures will apply to all general offices and services in state government. Public notice of the closures is being provided well in advance so citizens can plan accordingly and avoid inconvenience.

Some state services, including those vital to public health and safety, are not impacted. Services that will be maintained without interruption are Michigan State Police road patrols, correctional facilities, state psychiatric hospitals, veterans' homes and youth facilities, emergency human services programs, and the Unemployment Insurance Agency.

Executive Order 2009-22, issued by the governor and approved by the House and Senate appropriations committees in May, mandates the unpaid furlough days to help eliminate the state's current budget deficit.

The unpaid furlough days will save the state $21.7 million before September 30, the end of the state's fiscal year. Approximately 37,400 state employees will be furloughed for the six days while another 15,500 are exempt to maintain public health and safety services.

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