Friday a shutdown day for state workers

Posted Aug. 31, 2009, at 10:19 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — A majority of state employees will get a four-day weekend with Friday being a shutdown day and Monday being Labor Day.

Most state offices will be closed Friday in an effort to save the state money, but Maine’s state parks and historic sites will remain open and forest rangers will be on duty.

“The full amenities of the parks will be available,” Jeanne Curran, spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Conservation, said in a press release. “Park fees still will be collected, and park facilities will be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.

“Statewide, there will be roughly 30-40 Maine Forest Service forest rangers on duty during the shutdown day,” she said. “The rangers will perform their regular duties, responding to complaints, conducting inspections and performing law enforcement activities.”

Maine State Police troopers also will be on duty, and District Courts in the state will be open. District attorneys will get the day off.

State lawmakers set aside 20 government shutdown days over the next two years in an effort to save $11.2 million this fiscal year, and $14.5 million for the next.

In addition to Friday, Sept. 4, the remaining shutdown days for 2009 are Oct. 9 and Dec. 24. The shutdown dates for the first half of 2010 are Jan. 15, Feb. 16, March 12 and April 20.

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