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Schwarzenegger’s Unwelcome July Surprise

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Posted on Jul 2, 2010
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Around 200,000 state employees in California will notice an adjustment in their July paychecks—and it won’t be the kind of change they want. According to an order issued Thursday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, these Golden State workers may receive minimum-wage pay for the month, but they’ve got an ally in Controller John Chiang, who’s prepared to offer some resistance.  —KA

The Sacramento Bee:

According to a letter delivered to Controller John Chiang in late afternoon, July pay for most hourly state employees will be withheld to the minimum allowed by federal law – $7.25 an hour – and then restored once there’s a budget.

Chiang, whose office cuts state paychecks, said Thursday that he won’t follow the order unless a court tells him to.

The letter from the governor’s Department of Personnel Administration instructs Chiang to withhold employees’ pay because the state started the 2010-11 fiscal year Thursday without a budget appropriating money for payroll. Hours earlier, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger officially ended 17 months of furloughs for state workers.

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By RickOShea, July 4, 2010 at 4:06 am Link to this comment
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Arnie came to power in a corporate coup d’etat under
the guise of the unprecedented recall of Gray Davis.

His corporate masters were desperate to preserve
energy deregulation.

Watch the documentary ‘The Smartest Guys In The Room’
it’s about the Enron debacle; it leaves you with this
one inescapable conclusion.

In any event, the wheels are falling off the wagon—
good luck California—maybe a lone super hero will
swoop down and save you… but it won’t be Arnold.

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By Jim Yell, July 3, 2010 at 5:41 am Link to this comment
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The terminator has been a disaster for California. He is arrogant, ignorant and in typical right wing style he thinks that the “little people” will stomach anything.

The question is how much did he decrease the wages of the top 10% of the state employees and elected officials?

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By T. A. Madison, July 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

Like George W. Bush, Schwarzenegger is an obstructionist and a deconstructionist who uses government to subvert the constructive aims of government.  Impoverish the middle class, bleed the poor, stymie education and public services and you cripple progressive government. This is another kind of taxation without representation. Citizens need to read The Declaration of Independence.

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By PatrickHenry, July 2, 2010 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment

This ought to trim some of the fat out of state government and promote increasing the minimum wage.

Taxpayer funded local, state and federal governments have grown too bloated over the years and need some downsizing.

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By Peter Knopfler, July 2, 2010 at 4:30 pm Link to this comment

No cigar for Arnold,
He is reliving his childhood in Austria,
1947 Austria very Poor, everyone s belt was too tight,
the entire country suffered for the future that never
came,
so Arnold took the Austrian Phoenix,
out of the ashes across the waters and turned it into
the American Eagle ruler of California 33 million
people, almost a country by itself! Arnold on his way
back to the movies where He is at HIS best, long live
King Arnold.

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