Scott Giving Fla. State Workers an Extra Day Off

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Rick Scott has been something of a Grinch for state employees. But now he’s giving them a holiday present — an extra paid day off.

Scott on Friday ordered state offices closed Dec. 23 — the Friday before Christmas. The holiday will be observed Monday, Dec. 26, because it falls on a Sunday.

The Republican governor this year led the charge to save taxpayers’ money by making public employees contribute to their pension plan.

Scott asked for a 5 percent contribution. Lawmakers approved only 3 percent, but it still amounted to a pay cut. State workers now have gone five years without a general raise.

The governor noted historically there’s been very little business volume on the day before Christmas weekends. Many workers also use leave time that day.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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