Monday, August 4, 2008

Second Day of Protests Mark Planned Budget Cuts

The plan by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut salaries and jobs for state workers was met today with a second day of protests.

Teachers protested the Legislature's failure to pass a budget, and state workers supported rallies to voice opposition to the governor's decision to lay off some workers and make deep cuts in the salaries of other employees until a budget is approved. California has been without a budget since the new fiscal year began on July 1.

Members of Service Employees International Union Local 1000 staged rallies at Department of Motor Vehicle offices around Southern California, while approximately 1,200 members of the California Teachers Association conducted a mass call-in at UCLA, urging lawmakers to settle on a budget.

Gov. Schwarzenegger inked an executive order last Thursday that would eliminate a number of jobs and make drastic cuts in the salaries of many state employees, bringing them to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 an hour.
Those workers would be reimbursed at the time a budget is approved.

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