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OLYMPIA — Many Washington state employees will get another three-day weekend after this Friday, but this one will be without a paid holiday.
Next Monday is the first of 10 unpaid “furlough” days the Legislature mandated this spring as it battled over ways to close a looming budget deficit. Most non-essential personnel will stay away from work next Monday and nine other designated days without pay. Estimates from the Office of Financial Management say that all-told, that will save the state about $70 million.
A state employees union challenged the furloughs, but a judge has declined to issue an order that would block them.
If you’re thinking about zipping across the state at 100 miles an hour without having to worry about being caught by a state trooper, however, think again. Law enforcement personnel on the streets are exempt from the furloughs.
So are corrections officers, emergency public heath and safety personnel And while the state Liquor Control Board offices are closed, the liquor stores will be open.
Next furlough day will be Aug. 6.
For a list of all the offices, agencies, boards and commissions that will be taking the day off, go inside the blog.