June 19, 2009

Michigan begins ‘furlough days’

A majority of state offices in Michigan closed Friday in the first of six unpaid days off for state workers the governor's office said would save $22 million.

State parks and prisons remain open for in business, as did the Mackinac Bridge, The Detroit News reported. But those trying to register boats and cars at state offices found the doors locked.

This is a real pain in the neck, said Birmingham, Mich., resident Steve Chavez, who was trying to register a new boat. This is the only day of the month that I could get here "¦ now it is either put it in the water or risk being penalized, he said.

Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn argued to keep her department open, but closed the doors at Gov. Jennifer Granholm's insistence.

The state has scheduled additional furlough days for July 6 and 24, Aug. 7 and 21 and Sept 4, the News said.