CNMI government workers will begin to work reduced hours starting April 24. In an executive branch-wide directive, Governor Arnold Palacios details cost containment measures as the legislature works to pass a revised budget, which largely makes cuts within the administration.

Palacios says the 72-hour work schedule is meant for those funded by the American Rescue Plan or local revenues. As a result, executive branch offices will be closed every other Monday starting on April 24.

The cuts equal a 10% reduction in personnel costs. The offices will have to remain open through the lunch hour for the rest of the week.

The Senate and House are holding special sessions Friday evening and are expected to pass the revised budget reflecting the measures.