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Judge: State Workers Will Continue To Get Full Paychecks -- For Now



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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, July 16, 2010
Governor Schwarzenegger had asked the court to order Controller John Chiang (CHUNG) to reduce pay for 200-thousand state workers to 7.25 an hour. The Administration says that’s all the state’s authorized to pay until there’s a budget in place. But Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette said that when he weighed the “balance of harms” he could not grant the Schwarzenegger Administration’s request. Hallye Jordan is with Chiang’s office:

“We will continue to pay full wages to everyone, except for those that we have traditionally not paid during a budget impasse and that’s elected officials and their exempt employees.”

The Controller refuses to cut worker pay, arguing it would violate federal law – and the state’s outdated payroll system can’t physically make the change in time. Both trial and appeals courts have sided with the Governor on the wage issue.   The Superior court will consider the merits of the case next month
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