By Brooks Baehr - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Friday, June 24, 2011 was the last of 24 furlough Fridays for state workers. It was also the last furlough day for employees of the City and County of Honolulu.
Then Governor Linda Lingle announced the state furloughs in June of 2009 as a way for the state to save money. Without workers on the job, state offices were closed and that meant services people have come to rely on were not available.
"Well I came here to get a replacement birth certificate. As far as it being closed, kind of frustrating," said Joanne Dayanan after realizing the Department of Health was closed because of the final furlough.
"Well, I came down to pay my taxes thinking this is a regular Friday. Came to the door. Pulled on it. Locked! Closed Furlough Friday. I said, oh, good grief," commented Charlie Alexander while standing outside the state tax office on Punchbowl Street.
"We actually just come down here to get married, and then we didn't know. Once we tried to open the door, it's closed," said Riza Cabunag who was with fiance Luke Chaney attempting to get a marriage license.
"It's really aggravating. It's kind of a waste of our time really. We came down here to get married and now I'm disappointed," Chaney added.
The state is intent on finding ways to cut cost without sending workers home and closing offices. Its new two year contract with the Hawaii Government Employees Association, Hawaii's largest public workers union, includes 5% pay cuts - - but no furloughs or layoffs.