Gov. John E. Baldacci reminded the public that many state government offices are closed on Thursday, Dec. 23, as a cost-saving initiative for the fiscal year 2010-2011 Biennial State Budget. State offices are also closed Friday, Dec. 24, in observance of Christmas.

“Please plan ahead for any services you may need from state agencies during this and the other State government shutdown days,” said Baldacci. “When scheduling the days, every effort has been made to reduce the impact to Maine people, businesses and communities.”

The public is encouraged to check with a specific agency before seeking state services on Thursday, Dec. 23.

The reference to the state closures is Public Law 2009, Chap. 213, Part SSS:   http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_124th/chapters/PUBLIC213-PtCtoEnd.asp

This is the fifth of 10 state government closure days in fiscal year 2011, which began July 1, 2010.

The five remaining closure days for fiscal year 2011 are:

• Friday, Jan. 14

• Tuesday, Feb. 22

• Friday, March 18

• Tuesday, April 19

• Friday, May 27