Politics & Government

State office takes furlough Friday

The Washington State Department of Financial Institutions offices will be closed Friday as part of a furlough program.

The department’s website explains that the current recession has reduced state revenues significantly, forcing the Legislature to make cuts in agency budgets.

Online services for consumers and licensees – including verification of licenses, filing a complaint, accessing financial education or foreclosure assistance information, accessing information on how to apply for a license and necessary forms, etc. – will still be available. However, staff members will not be available to answer calls, respond to e-mail or process applications or complaints.

Additional closures are scheduled for Sept. 7, Oct. 11 and Dec. 27.