When is a four-day weekend not necessarily a good thing? When one of those four days is an unpaid furlough.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of state employees are taking a forced unpaid day off Friday as state government continues to deal with its budget crisis.
Employees across state government have been ordered to take at least three furlough days the rest of this calendar year and many state agencies circled Friday for one.
Building a furlough day into a four-day weekend, with the Labor Day holiday on Monday, might ease the sting of losing pay, agency leaders say.
The flip side, however, is that for the public, many state agencies will be closed entirely Friday.
Many state employees are facing additional furlough days. The Department of Education, for example, has ordered five furlough days for all workers except teachers, who have three unpaid days. The department will be closed Friday.
“Giving employees a four-day weekend was certainly part of the discussion, but it wasn’t the only factor considered,” said Education spokesman Dana Tofig.
Most schools are closed or on reduced schedules on state holidays and Tofig said the department tends to get fewer calls from school systems on the days before school holidays.
Other agencies are open Friday but closed on Tuesday. House and Senate employees, for example, will be on furlough Tuesday.
Other agencies that will be closed Friday include:
Board of Physician Workforce
Council of Developmental Disabilities
Department of Administrative Services
Department of Agriculture
Department of Audits
Department of Banking & Finance
Department of Behavioral Health
Department of Community Health
Department of Early Care & Learning
Department of Human Services
Student Finance Commission
Regional Transportation Authority
Nonpublic Post Secondary Education Commission
Office of the Child Advocate
Office of Planning and Budget
Sexual Offender Registration Review Board
Board of Pardons & Paroles
Medical Education Board