Herbert: Utah will keep four-day work week

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert says he will not end the state’s four-day workweek for state employees, although he will keep a Division of Motor Vehicles site open on Fridays.Utah is the only state in the country where nearly all state employees work 10 hours a day, four days a week.The move was made last summer by former Gov. Jon Huntsman in an effort to reduce energy costs by closing state offices on Fridays. Herbert said Wednesday he would continue with the schedule.While state officials had hoped to reduce energy costs by $3 million, the program only realized about $502,000 in savings in its first year.However, the cash-strapped state found savings elsewhere, including $200,000 on janitorial services. Counting reduced overtime, the total savings was $4.8 million.

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