OLYMPIA, Wash. - Governor Chris Gregoire is hoping to save Washington state some money by moving some government workers to a four-day week. Gregoire says four 10-hour days per week was the number one suggestion when workers were asked for energy-saving ideas last month.
Everyone at the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and the Office of Minority and Women's Business will be trying the shortened week. Seven other agencies will also be trying the four-day week at selected offices.
The Democratic governor has already directed agencies to freeze hiring, travel and some outside contracts.
Gregoire says the plan could reduce energy and maintenance costs, and employee commutes. Senate analysts predict a possible $2.7 billion deficit in the next two-year state budget.
(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)