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May 7, 2010 7:25 PM by Letitia Walker

New Orleans to Return to 5 day Work Week

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Mayor Mitch Landrieu says City Hall will

return to a five-day work schedule starting June 1, reversing a

policy established by his predecessor, Ray Nagin.

Nagin established a four-day week for city offices to cut

electricity costs and help offset a potential $68 million deficit

in the city's 2010 operating budget.

New Orleans CityBusiness says Landrieu said Friday that City

Hall should be open five days a week to New Orleans residents.

Landrieu says he weighed the importance of utility cost savings

over the needs of residents and businesses.

Based on initial energy savings in the first month, the four-day

workweek was projected to save the city roughly $350,000 a year,

according to the Landrieu administration.

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