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Nixon plans to ax 'Black Friday' as state holiday

By AP/St. Louis Public Radio

Jefferson City, Mo. – Missouri lawmakers have saved two state holidays, but Gov. Jay Nixon still plans to keep state government operating on the day after Thanksgiving.

Nixon had proposed canceling state holidays to mark the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman as well as the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Lawmakers did not approve a bill needed to revoke the presidents' holidays. But Nixon still plans to use his executive authority to cancel the day-off on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

The governor says state workers may use vacation time to extend their Thanksgiving holiday.

State budget officials estimate Missouri can save about $1.5 million per holiday by doing away with them.

State workers had written dozens of e-mails objecting to the idea and suggesting other cost-saving options.