On Aug. 4, Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. begins his attempt to save money by changing the schedule of many state employees. However, it seems to me that many state employee families will be sacrificed in this experiment.
Many families have older children who care for younger children until parents are home from work. When parents are home at 5:30 or 6 p.m., families still can have dinner together, get homework completed, be involved in community sports and activities and have reasonable bedtimes for kids. Push that time back by two more hours and families will suffer.
I hope that the governor will seriously evaluate what impact the shorter workweek will really have on families and create a system that allows some flexibility.