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California To Close On 1st And 3rd Fridays

Some good news for a change, from theSacramento Bee:

State to shut down first and third Fridays each month

By Kevin Yamamura
Friday, Jan. 09, 2009

California will close most state offices on the first and third Fridays each month starting in February, padlocking DMV outlets and other services while reducing state worker pay to help survive a massive budget problem, according to a state Department of Personnel Administration memo.

Only offices deemed critical, such as state hospitals and prisons, will remain open under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s twice monthly furlough plan. Employees at those state operations will still be required to take two days off each month at different times. State parks generate revenue and will not close, but employees will have to take two days off each month, said Lynelle Jolley, spokeswoman for DPA…

"Certainly shutting down state services for two days a month will have an effect, but we are faced with few options to keep the state solvent," said Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear. "The governor does not want to make these cuts in state programs, he does not want to raise taxes, but we have a responsibility to lead this state through a financial crisis." …

Schwarzenegger on Friday sent lawmakers his formal proposal for tackling a $40 billion budget deficit through June 2010. The plan includes a temporary 1.5-cent sales tax hike, spending cuts and borrowing, among other solutions.

The governor last month told 238,000 state workers that he had signed an executive order mandating that they take two unpaid days off each month starting in February because the budget crisis "requires sacrifices from everyone." He also said that the least senior one-fifth of the state workforce would be at risk of layoff or transfer.

The governor’s order does not affect parts of state government over which he has no authority, including the Legislature, the judicial branch, and the University of California and California State University systems.

The monthly two-day furlough represents nearly a 10 percent cut in wages. Managers and other non-union employees will receive a 10-percent salary reduction. The furloughs will have no impact on benefits, according to a Department of Personnel Administration memo

Democratic lawmakers oppose the furlough proposal and believe the governor should negotiate such decisions with labor unions, but it is unlikely that they will be able to stop the furloughs through the legislative process. They are trying to block Schwarzenegger from installing further cuts to state worker pay, such as canceling two holidays and eliminating overtime pay on the remaining holidays.

Labor unions have taken up the fight in court. A Sacramento Superior Court judge on Friday scheduled a hearing on their challenge for Jan. 29, eight days before the first furlough is scheduled to begin.

Hopefully, like in so many other ways, California is at the beginning of a nationwide trend.

Of course we would like to see this extended to as many days off as possible for as many as possible.

Typically state government is not as active on Fridays.

Do tell.

"The governor does not want to make these cuts in state programs, he does not want to raise taxes…”

Nevertheless, the Governor is raising taxes – with a “temporary 1.5 sales tax hike.” And of course, like all tax hikes it will be permanent.

Meanwhile, he is not cutting any state programs.

What a surprise, huh?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, January 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “California To Close On 1st And 3rd Fridays”

  1. proreason says:


    One has to ask why, if it’s possible to run the government with a 10% decrease in effort, why the good people have been paying that 10% for decades.

  2. marinetbryant says:

    So the “labor unions” now want to run the state-openly?


  3. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Why not have those highly overpaid, no talented, self-centered, liberal hacks known as entertainers in Hollywood fork over ten percent of their annual incomes? That should be more than enough to put the state of California back in the black.

  4. GuppyNblue says:

    “Hopefully, like in so many other ways, California is at the beginning of a nationwide trend.”

    Maryland is following the trend. We went from a surplus to a projected $2 billion deficit since (D) O’Mally took office. The state is laying off workers and forcing furlough days on the rest. Of course we don’t make national headlines because our governor is a liberal democrat.

  5. DW says:

    Hopefully, like in so many other ways, California is at the beginning of a nationwide trend.

    Of course we would like to see this extended to as many days off as possible for as many as possible.

    Be careful what you wish for.
    The province of Ontario tried somethng similar to this in the early ’90’s. There, those forced unpaid days off extended all the way down to the municipal level and were known derisively as “Rae days”, after the province’s socialist premier Bob Rae.
    What I remember most about those days was the police force I was working for -already short-handed and straining under budget cuts- now having to work even more short-handed. One memorable day, I had a sergeant (actually an acting sergeant) and 5 constables at my disposal to police an area with over 150,000 residents (our bare, safe, minimum manpower requirement was 22 officers).
    The hospitals weren’t much better shape.

    Liberals have some damned peculiar ideas about what’s “critical”.

  6. pinandpuller says:

    How about a one hour forty minute unpaid siesta every day?

  7. JohnMG says:

    Is ‘Ahnold’ trying to look like “Dirty Harry” in this photograph?

  8. curvyred says:

    I think if they function just as well without the extra day – they should lay people off and do what the private sector does – lean !

    We had a case locally where a woman worked for the local city – she also ran her OWN PRIVATE BUSINESS out of the city office- for something like 7 years – they cut her pay and hours based on the premise that if she could run a business and work her job it obviously did not warrent a full time position with full time benefits. She was a democrat and predictably the union fought for her – but in the end she was bumped down to part-time and they just recently put her job up for bid. I heard rumors that the reason the union dropped the fight is the city threatened to file charges against the woman – in my opinion they should have prosecuted her because to me stealing time is the same as stealing money not to mention she was probably utilizing our tax-dollar paid for equipment.

  9. caligirl9 says:

    Think of the money California (and the entire United States) could save if the U.S.–Mexico border was secure and California wasn’t so tied up in giving services to illegal aliens and their families. Plenty of California’s tax dollars go right into maintaining that populations’ health care and education. I’m not even going to mention anchor babies …

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