Hey, Texplainer: Why are Texas state agencies operating with a skeleton crew today? Did I miss the announcement?
Well, it's a venerated Texas holiday, of course: Confederate Heroes' Day. What are you doing to celebrate?
The Texas Legislature first made Jan. 19 a holiday in 1931 to celebrate the birthday of Robert E. Lee, according to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. In 1973, the Legislature voted to do away with the individual birthday commemorations for Lee and for Jefferson Davis on June 3 and instead recognize one holiday to celebrate both. Voila: Confederate Heroes' Day! In honor of the holiday, state agencies are working with a "skeleton crew," according to the state holiday schedule maintained by the State Auditor's Office. So, if you're wondering why it's taking a little longer to get a call back from a state agency, blame (or praise) the Confederates. And fair warning, here are the other "skeleton crew" state holidays: March 2, Texas Independence Day, and April 21, San Jacinto Day.
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