Budget cuts force office closures

Several state offices will be closed Friday because of mandatory, unpaid furloughs for government workers.

Those closures will include driver’s license offices, the Department of Public Health and Environment’s vital records office, state history museums, Division of Wildlife Service centers and administrative offices for executive branch departments.

The closures will affect about 15,500 executive branch employees.

State agencies that will remain open include the state traffic operations center and Colorado state parks, except visitor centers. State troopers will patrol highways and Department of Transportation snowplow and maintenance crews will continue to work as needed. Unemployment offices, state nursing homes, hospitals and care centers also will remain open.

The furlough day is the seventh ordered by Gov. Bill Ritter to save money during the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. State workers will have one more before then, on May 28. The eight furlough days are expected to save taxpayers about $27.2 million.


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