Governor prepared to pay minimum wage to state workers
June 23, 2010
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is threatening to pay minimum wage to state workers during July if lawmakers fail to agree on a new budget. [Los Angeles Times]
The threat came in the form of a memo from Debbie Endsley, the governor’s personnel director, to state agency and department heads.
“Absent a state budget, we will send instructions to the Controller to pay [minimum] wages … for the July pay period,” Endsley wrote in the widely-circulated memo.
The threat is intended to speed up the negotiating process and meet the upcoming July 1 deadline.
Schwarzenegger is also warning of the possibility of more furlough days for state workers.
The governor tried in 2008 to pay workers minimum wage when the budget talks stalemated, but state Controller John Chiang, a Democrat, refused. A lower court judge ruled against Chiang and the issue is now before the 3rd District Court of Appeals.