Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

California's New Liberal Governor Proposes A Leaner State Government

6 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Filed: Timeline

Calif gov. freezes hiring, drops minimum wage suit

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered a state government hiring freeze amid California's $26.6 billion fiscal crisis, hours after he dropped a lawsuit filed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over whether the governor has the authority to pay state workers minimum wage.

Brown announced what he said was a comprehensive hiring freeze that applies to vacant, seasonal, full-time and part-time positions. The administration estimates the freeze, along with other cost-cutting efforts like reducing the number of state-issued cell phones, will save $363 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1, about $200 million of which will be in general fund savings.

"We must do everything possible to save money and make government leaner and more efficient," the Democratic governor said in a statement.

Brown is allowing for certain exemptions that are critical to public safety, revenue collection and other core functions. An example includes positions that respond to disasters or life-threatening situations. He also will continue to make senior-level appointments to form his new administration.

According to the state controller's office, California had about 234,000 employees as of Jan. 31.

Hiring freezes aren't new in California. Schwarzenegger ordered a state hiring freeze and payroll cuts to conserve cash as California struggled with a $42 billion budget deficit back in 2008. He also imposed days off without pay, which became known as "furlough Fridays."

As part of his budget, Brown has proposed a 10 percent pay cut for union-represented state employees that have yet to reach a contract with the state. Other bargaining units have already agreed to pay cuts.

Also Tuesday, Brown's administration announced it filed a dismissal in Sacramento County Superior Court. The filing ends Schwarzenegger's battle to impose the federal minimum wage on state workers during budget impasses. The three-page filing filed by the state Department of Personnel Administration indicated the Brown administration plans to work with the controller's office on future state employee pay issues.

"I am pleased and thankful that Governor Brown saw this litigation as a frivolous waste of hard-earned tax dollars that should be dedicated to fixing our schools, protecting our communities and rebuilding our infrastructure," state Controller John Chiang said in a statement.

Back in 2008, Schwarzenegger, a Republican, imposed the federal minimum wage on state workers while the state operated without a balanced budget. Chiang, who cuts state paychecks, refused to comply. That prompted the administration to sue and Chiang to counter sue.

According to Brown's dismissal, the state's aging payroll system was incapable of making the changes without "modifications at a potentially significant cost."

Labor groups applauded the move.

"Gov. Jerry Brown has done the right thing by dropping the minimum wage lawsuit," said Patty Velez, president of the California Association of Professional Scientists. "It isn't fair or reasonable to expect state scientists to work for minimum wage because the governor and state lawmakers can't agree on a budget."

The lawsuit isn't the first time Brown has departed from the previous administration. Last week, Brown dropped Schwarzenegger's plan to sell 24 state buildings to private investors to raise $1.2 billion for the general fund. Brown said the plan to lease back the office space at market rates didn't make sense because it amounted to "a gigantic loan with interest payments."

Brown has made a point of trimming back as the state faces its latest multibillion budget gap. In his first few weeks in office, Brown issued an executive order to halt new vehicle purchases by the state and directed vehicles that are not essential for state business to be turned in. Schwarzenegger also made similar efforts to reduce the state vehicle fleet.

Brown has also ordered half of the 96,000 phones issued to state bureaucrats to be turned in over an 18-month period.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
:devil: how about he start with himself, as he already had at least one shambolic term?

2005/07/10 I-129F filed for Pras

2005/11/07 I-129F approved, forwarded to NVC--to Chennai Consulate 2005/11/14

2005/12/02 Packet-3 received from Chennai

2005/12/21 Visa Interview Date

2006/04/04 Pras' entry into US at DTW

2006/04/15 Church Wedding at Novi (Detroit suburb), MI

2006/05/01 AOS Packet (I-485/I-131/I-765) filed at Chicago

2006/08/23 AP and EAD approved. Two down, 1.5 to go

2006/10/13 Pras' I-485 interview--APPROVED!

2006/10/27 Pras' conditional GC arrives -- .5 to go (2 yrs to Conditions Removal)

2008/07/21 I-751 (conditions removal) filed

2008/08/22 I-751 biometrics completed

2009/06/18 I-751 approved

2009/07/03 10-year GC received; last 0.5 done!

2009/07/23 Pras files N-400

2009/11/16 My 46TH birthday, Pras N-400 approved

2010/03/18 Pras' swear-in


As long as the LORD's beside me, I don't care if this road ever ends.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Timeline
Was that really being proposed or is this spin?

No spin.

Governor plans to slash state workers' pay

Governor plans to slash wages for 200,000 to $6.55 an hour until budget OKd

July 24, 2008|By John Wildermuth and Matthew Yi, Chronicle Staff Writers

Sacramento - — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans next week to slash the pay of more than 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum of $6.55 per hour to help ease the state's budget crisis, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Chronicle on Wednesday.

The governor also will order an end to overtime pay for all but critical services, a freeze on state hiring and the immediate layoff of nearly 22,000 temporary, seasonal and student workers.

"As a result of the late state budget, there is a real and substantial risk that the state will have insufficient cash to pay for state expenditures," the executive order states.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -

Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
  • Create New...