LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – Many downtown Lansing office buildings are sitting empty as people continue to work from home.
The state is saving a lot of money by keeping its workers away. Now, it is considering keeping this arrangement beyond the pandemic.
The state said the pandemic has become a pilot program to see how state government can work remotely.
But the mayor and business owners say keeping the state’s workers home will hurt the downtown.
“They’ve got to bring them back. It’s not good for the state,” said Mathew Hunt, Summit Comics and Games store manager.
Hunt said not having the state employees in the office is really hurting downtown businesses.
“We need downtown to get busier. This used to be a happening downtown and it’s kinda dead,” said Hunt.
Most state workers have been working from home since the pandemic began nearly a year ago.