That’s Gov. Schwarzenegger: 1, and some 200,000 California state workers: SOL. On Monday, the Golden State’s Supreme Court officially signaled its support for Schwarzenegger’s mandate that some state employees take three days off, unpaid, per month. A real crowd-pleaser! —KA
A lower court had ruled that Schwarzenegger’s furlough orders in February and July 2009 violated state laws and union contracts that protected employee workweeks. That ruling, if upheld, could have entitled workers to more than $1 billion in back pay and interest.
But the state’s high court ruled unanimously that lawmakers gave the governor the powers he needed in a February 2009 fiscal bill that cut spending for employee pay by exactly the amount that Schwarzenegger proposed to save with furloughs.