State offices close Monday in attempt to cut costs

October 10, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 10, 2010

Forget about renewing or updating a driver’s license Monday.

The state has ordered Department of Licensing offices and dozens of other agencies to close for the day as a cost-cutting measure.

The closure impacts the department and dozens of other state agencies and commissions. The state Office of Financial Management has a complete list of closures.

The next closure day is scheduled for Dec. 27. Expect closures during the first six months of next year as well.

The shutdowns started in July.

Officials shielded services critical to public health and safety — such as Child Protective Services and the Washington State Patrol — from office closures, although the shutdowns affect some business functions at the agencies.

The cash-strapped state hopes to save $70 million through the mandatory shutdowns. Lawmakers passed the legislation in April, and Gov. Chris Gregoire then signed the bill.

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