State closes offices Dec. 27 in order to pinch pennies

December 21, 2010

By Staff

Forget about renewing or updating a driver’s license Dec. 27.

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 next closure day is scheduled for Jan. 28. The closures continue through June 2011.

Officials shield 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. Legislators sent the measure to Gov. Chris Gregoire in April. The furloughs started in July.

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