Thousands of state government employees will have July 23 off without pay as the first of 12 planned furlough days.
The 12 furlough days are part of a budget-plan approved by the Legislature and will be split evenly between the current fiscal year that began July 1 and the next one.
Most state agencies will close, idling nearly 30,000 state workers and saving a projected $20 million, according to the Department of Administration.
Operations that will stay open on furlough days chosen by the department include law enforcement services, prisons, juvenile detention centers and state parks.
Other exceptions include appellate courts, abuse hot lines, the mental hospital and residential care facilities for veterans and the developmentally disabled.