Gov. John E. Baldacci reminded the public that many Maine state government offices will be closed Friday, March 12 as part of a cost-saving initiative.

“Please plan ahead for any services you may need from state agencies during this and the other state government shutdown days,” said Baldacci Thursday in a press release. “When scheduling the days, every effort has been made to reduce the impact to Maine people, businesses and communities.”

The public is encouraged to check with a specific agency before seeking state services Friday, March 12.

This is the eighth of 10 closure days between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2010.  Other dates that state agencies and offices will be closed are Tuesday, April 20 and Friday, May 28.