4-Day Work Week Pondered in Virginia

Virginia commission reveals ways the state can save money

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    A commission created by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is recommending many state agencies operate on a four-day work week to save money.

    The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the Reform and Restructuring Commission unanimously supported the idea.

    The commission said the shorter week would reduce energy and custodial costs and improve employee morale.

    Employees would work four 10-hour days rather than five eight-hour days.

    Two years ago Utah adopted the four-day work week and saved nearly $1 million.

    It's one of several cost-cutting recommendations released Monday.

    Among the other recommendations were eliminating the state's 50 toll-free numbers and setting up guidelines for eliminating boards and commissions; reviewing the 570 state and federal mandates to determine which ones can be eliminated; encourage greater regional cooperation; create one-stop service centers where residents could conduct state business; require all government spending be available online, and requiring state fees be posted online.