From: Gamboa, Lina [LGamboa@SCO.CA.GOV]
Sent: Friday, July 16, 2010 3:10 PM
To: Ortiz, Jon - Sacramento
Subject: News Release: Controller Issues Statement on Court Ruling Delaying Minimum Wage

PR10:25                

For Immediate Release: 

July 16, 2010
                      

Contact: Hallye Jordan

916-445-2636



Controller Issues Statement on

Court Ruling Delaying Minimum Wage



SACRAMENTO State Controller John Chiang today issued the following statement:

“I am pleased the court ruling today spared taxpayers and California’s economy from further harm.

“Every time the Governor and Legislature fail to get a budget deal done, California taxpayers suffer.  Playing games with a 40-year-old payroll system does nothing to bridge the budget gap, but could make it worse by exposing California taxpayers to millions, if not billions, of dollars in penalties and fines for violating federal and state labor and contract laws. 

“Californians who play by the rules and pay their bills on time deserve a Governor and Legislature that do the same thing.  The most important thing for our fiscal health is a budget that solves for the cash crisis we face this fall.

“It is up to the Governor and Legislature to end this political distraction and focus on getting the State a budget.”

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