About 45 state agencies, boards or commissions are closing offices Monday to observe the eighth of 10 furloughs ordered by the Legislature last year to save money.
The state Office of Financial Management has said the closures would save about $73 million in all state funds over the fiscal year that ends June 30. Employees are not paid for their day off, although workers earning $2,500 or less per month can use accrued leave to replace the lost pay.
Some agencies like the Department of Ecology met savings goals and won't close this time. OFM and the Governor's Office are exempted by Senate Bill 6503 during legislative sessions.
The departments, boards or agencies affected this time are: Board of Accountancy, Commission on African-American Affairs, Agriculture, Archaeology and Historic Preservation, Arts Commission, Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, Commerce, Conservation Commission, Corrections, Council for Children and Families, Criminal Justice Training Commission, Early Learning, Office of Education Ombudsman, Environmental Hearings Office, Office of the Family and Children’s Ombudsman, Fish and Wildlife, General Administration, Growth Management Hearing Boards, Health, Health Care Authority, Higher Education Coordinating Board, Commission on Hispanic Affairs, Horse Racing Commission, Human Rights Commission, Indeterminate Sentence Review Board, Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, Information Services, Liquor Control Board (except liquor stores stay open), Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, Personnel, Pollution Liability Insurance Agency, Printing, Puget Sound Partnership, Recreation and Conservation Office, Department of Retirement Systems, Citizen Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials, Sentencing Guidelines Commission, Department of Services for the Blind, Social and Health Services, Board of Tax Appeals, Traffic Safety Commission, Transportation Improvement Board, Utilities and Transportation Commission, Veterans Affairs, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board.
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The two remaining furlough days after March 28 are April 22 and June 10.
UPDATED to clarify options for lower income state employees. Also updated to remove Public Disclosure Commission from list of shuttered agencies. PDC staff says the agency will be open for business Monday but closed on April 22.