Many Missouri state workers will be allowed to stay home the day after Thanksgiving for the first time in two years.

Gov. Jay Nixon cited improving state revenue while announcing Friday that he signed an executive order to close state offices on Nov. 23.

Missouri governors traditionally granted state workers the day off on the day after Thanksgiving but Nixon didn't follow that tradition in 2010 and 2011.

The governor said canceling the vacation day saved money primarily because some employees who had to work could not choose whether to claim extra time off or accept holiday bonus pay.

Earlier Friday, figures released by the Office of Administration showed Missouri tax revenues are up 7.5 percent compared with last year. The state budget year started July 1.