California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger presents his State Budget plan during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2007.(AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials say they will close most
California state offices on the first and third Fridays of each
month starting February 6 as a cost-saving measure.
The closures are part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to
force state employees to take unpaid furloughs, or days off, twice
Department of Personnel Administration spokeswoman Lynelle
Jolley says exceptions will be made for prisons, hospitals, parks
and some other agencies, mostly those that generate money for the
Employees at those agencies will be furloughed on a rotating
Schwarzenegger says the furloughs will save the state about $1.3
billion in the next 18 months as California as it grapples with a
deficit projected at $42 billion in that time.
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