Today's episode of pseudo-intellectual week at G:TB focuses on a public policy question of a different sort. Since last August, employees of the State of Utah have worked four 10-hour days each week, with Friday becoming an actual part of the weekend as opposed to its mere de facto status in the rest of the country.
Among other results, Utah reports directly reducing energy costs by $1.8 million by limiting demand for electricity and saving 12,000 metric tons of greenhouse emissions. Sales of weak, low-alcohol beer have skyrocketed, as well. On the downside, Utahans have had 20% more time to contemplate the fact that they live in Utah.
The politics of the G:TB effectively span the spectrum, so I'm interested in the responses to this post. Does Utah have it right? Would you prefer to work this schedule? And how would you market a four-day workweek if you were smoking pot at the same time?