Furlough Fridays Back On in California as Schwarzenegger Declares Fiscal Emergency

CaliforniaFaced with a $19.1 billion deficit and no hope for digging out, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday declared a fiscal emergency.

Under the rules of the emergency, Schwarzenegger ordered three furlough days per month for all but essential state employees. State offices will be closed three Fridays a month.

The closures and furloughs will remain in place until a budget is enacted. California government workers are used to the so-called "furlough Fridays," living with them for 12 months, ending this past June.

"Every day of delay brings California closer to a fiscal meltdown," Schwarzenegger said in a statement. "Our cash situation leaves me no choice but to once again furlough state workers until the Legislature produces a budget I can sign."

Schwarzenegger also called on other state government entities, including the state university systems, judicial branch and public utilities, to take similar cost-cutting measures.

The Golden State's budget has been stall for weeks as lawmakers can't decide how cut the debt and balance the books. The emergency measures, according to the order, will keep the state's budget crisis from getting worse.

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Skip Doty

But gee wizz we needs that $45 million dollar suicide net under the Golden Gate to save all those jumpers. It's not like we have a shortage of people. Let them jump before they kill some innocent with their car.

July 30 2010 at 9:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AZ Stang

Let's see- shrinking middle class, growing illegal alien/ welfare/drug dealer class. California law makers are stymied. What could possibly be causing this? Maybe 20 years of Democrats spending other people's money? This is what will happen to the rest of the country if we don't stop it in November.

July 30 2010 at 7:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
naturevideo

To Sunchld0
I do have a question for you. So far, I have seen you call someone a Racist and an Anti-Semite.....how do you know that the person who made a comment about Obama is not black himself? and how do you know that the person who made the other comment is not Jewish???

July 29 2010 at 11:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cathyheikkila

It would really help if Arnold would just go make some movies.

July 29 2010 at 11:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
andres40

CALIFORNIA IS BROKE BECAUSE THE HIGH SALARIES THAT GOVERNMENT WORKERS GET INCLUDING BENEFITS....WE PAY TOO MUCH FOR LESS..PAY CUT GIVE THE CITIES THE SAME BUDGET THEY HAD 10 YEARS AGO...AND A CUT IN PAY TOO..HOW MANY MORE CITIES LIKE BELL WE HAVE IN CALIFORNIA WITH CITY MANAGERS AND OTHERS MAKING TONS OF MONEY..WE ARE OVERTAX SO THEY CAN HAVE A GOOD LIFE ..

July 29 2010 at 11:34 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
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sunchld0

Can you live on the same budget you had ten years ago? Did you vote for Proposition 13? If you answer yes to the last question, then you're part of the problem not the solution. Please stop writing in all caps, it makes you look like you have anger management problems or worse.

July 29 2010 at 11:07 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply