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February 10, 2009

California may lay off 10,000 state workers

Filed under: California,US — 7macaw @ 10:16 pm
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Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration warned Tuesday that it is preparing to lay off 10,000 state employees if an agreement to close California’s yawning budget deficit isn’t reached by the end of the week.

Administration spokesman Aaron McLear said officials will send out layoff notices Friday absent a budget deal, with the goal of slashing roughly 10 percent of the 100,000 positions paid for by the state’s general operating fund. That would save an estimated $750 million through mid-2010; California faces a $40 billion budget gap over that period.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

Update (2-18-2009): California state workers layoff process begins

January 29, 2009

Schwarzenegger warns of layoffs if furloughs fail.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is warning state employees he will start issuing layoff notices if a court doesn’t let him force workers to take two unpaid days off a month — an action the state’s public employee unions argue he doesn’t have the authority to take.

A judge was scheduled to hear arguments Thursday on a lawsuit filed by state employee unions over Schwarzenegger’s furlough plan, which he estimates will save the state $1.4 billion this fiscal year.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

December 1, 2008

Schwarzenegger declares emergency

According to CNN: “California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday declared a fiscal emergency, calling for fast legislative action to alleviate the state’s $11.2 billion shortfall in revenue.

“Without immediate action our state is headed for a fiscal disaster and that is why with more than two dozen new legislators sworn in today – I am wasting no time in calling a fiscal emergency special session,” Schwarzenegger said in a news release.”

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