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With no budget, California to cut 20,000 state jobs

With no budget, California to cut 20,000 state jobs
Mon Feb 16, 2009 11:32pm EST

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - California, which is on the brink of running out of cash, will notify 20,000 state workers on Tuesday their jobs may be eliminated, a spokesman for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Monday.

The announcement came a day after California lawmakers narrowly failed to pass a $40 billion budget that would have plugged the state's deficit with a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts.

"In the absence of a budget, the governor has a responsibility to realize state savings any way he can," said Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the Republican governor. "This is unfortunately a necessary decision."

The layoff notices will affect about 20 percent of state workers, McLear said, adding the cuts would extend to every part of state government.

The positions would be eliminated in June in preparation for California's next fiscal year, which starts in July.

California, America's most populous state and the world's eighth biggest economy, has experienced a dramatic fall in revenues because of the housing downturn, rising unemployment and a sharp pullback in consumer spending.

To conserve cash, the state has stopped public works projects, furloughed state employees for two days a month and postponed sending out tax refunds.

(Reporting by Nichola Groom; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Hahahahahahahahahahaha...... hopefully they target the f@ckin' child support division, those evil, apathetic sons of bitches!

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The 'rats are locking down the building and twisting the arm of one more Republican in order to get their tax increase, spending increase and borrowing increase budget package.
We are talking car dealer hard sell tactics here.

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February 16, 2009
Steinberg vows Tuesday lockdown

Senate President Pro Darrell Steinberg announced on the Senate floor that the upper house will convene at 10 a.m. tomorrow to consider the tax-hike portion of the budget.

If it doesn't pass, the house will go into lockdown mode.

"I will not allow anyone to go home, to resume their life, to have any kind of resumption of normal business," Steinberg said.

"Bring a toothbrush," he added.
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