The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 23, 2008
Laid-off state workers won't be coming back

State Finance Director Micheal Genest this afternoon said that the state employees whose jobs were a casualty of California's budget impasse won't be rehired this budget year.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's executive order on July 31 terminated about 10,000 part-time and retired annuitant positions, curbed overtime and suspended some contracts.

"We expect the order to remain in effect the rest of the (fiscal) year," Genest said to reporters shortly after Schwarzenegger signed the budget.

The state estimates that the savings from the record-setting budget delay and lower operating costs from the executive order will save the state about $340 million for the fiscal year.

Genest left a little wiggle room, however, saying that some positions could be filled after consideration on a "case-by-case basis," but that jobs vital to public health, safety or property protection had already been exempted.

"Some of the people (who were laid off) will not be coming back," Genest said. "Some of those contracts will not be coming back."

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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