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Matt “baby” Blunt sent the following memo to State employees declaring Christmas eve a day off for State Employees. Could there be some point he is trying to make in using the word “Christmas” five times in such a brief memo? This on the heels of another memo on Christmas which actually made the Michael Feldman’s show in the “Thanks for the memos” section.

Not to be a grinch here, but I wonder how much Missouri taxpayers will be forking over in overtime pay for 24/7 State operations to fulfill the Gov’s campaign to “Save Christmas”. Here is the memo:

Dear State Employee:

I hope you are enjoying the Christmas season.  As you are probably aware, Christmas Eve falls on a Monday this year.

Today, I signed an executive order closing state offices on Monday, December 24, 2007.

I hope that my directive will help you with your plans for the Christmas season and will give you more time with family and friends.

I am grateful for your continued efforts to improve Missouri government and service to Missouri taxpayers.  Melanie, our son William Branch and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

Merry Christmas!

Sincerely,

Matt Blunt