Gov. Scott announces state workers will have off on Christmas Eve — with pay!

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State workers will get Christmas Eve off as a paid holiday after Governor Rick Scott directed executive agencies to shut down on Dec. 24.

“In recognition and sincere thanks for your dedication, I have directed the secretary of the Department of Management Services to close all state executive buildings on December 24, 2012,” Scott wrote in a note to state employees.

Those workers who perform essential functions will still have to work, but they’ll get an equal amount of paid administrative leave to use in the next six months.

The Tallahassee Democrat‘s Paul Fleming has more details on how this Christmas miracle came about here.

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