HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – State workers in Connecticut are getting an extra long holiday weekend this year, but part of it will be unpaid.

Monday marks the latest statewide unpaid furlough day for most state employees. It’s part of a $700 million budget-cutting agreement between Gov. M. Jodi Rell and the state employee unions about two years ago.

In addition to shuttered state administrative offices, two state park museums also will be closed Monday. They include Gillette Castle in East Haddam and Osborne Homestead in Derby. State courts will however be open on Monday.

Connecticut’s budget for the new fiscal year beginning July 1 faces an estimated deficit of as much as $3.67 billion, or about 18 percent of estimated spending.

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