State Offices Closed Friday, Aug 7; Fourth of Six Unpaid Furlough Days for State Employees

Contact: Kassie Kretzschmar 517-241-8483
Agency: Technology, Management & Budget

August 5, 2009

Will save state almost $22 million, help balance state budget

LANSING - The Department of Management and Budget today announced that most Michigan state government offices will be closed on Friday, August 7, as part of a program that will ultimately reduce state spending in the current fiscal year by almost $22 million.

State government operations will be similar to those observed on public holidays when general offices and services in state government are closed but some services, including those vital to public health and safety, are maintained.  Among those services that will be maintained without interruption are Michigan State Police road patrols, correctional facilities, state psychiatric hospitals, veterans' homes and youth facilities, and emergency human services programs.

The Unemployment Insurance Agency's call centers and problem resolution offices (PRO) will be open on Friday, August 7.  The PROs assist citizens who are experiencing problems with their unemployment claims and provide on-site computers for citizens to use to apply for unemployment benefits.  They will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Those offices are located in Detroit, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Livonia, Marquette, Pontiac and Saginaw.

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 balance the state's budget.

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.

Additional upcoming unpaid furlough days are:  August 21 and September 4.

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