Monday's announcement by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that he will call lawmakers to a special session to deal with the state's growing budget mess has revved up the rumor machine among worried state workers, judging by calls and e-mails we've fielded:
"I heard that state supervisors and managers will be getting a 5% pay cut. [I'm a manager.]" one e-mailer wrote. "My boss [exempt] said he'd heard that exempts were getting a 5% pay cut. Generally I don't like to listen to rumors, but obviously this one, if true, will affect many of us!"
Another long-time state worker heard that furloughs are coming. "Better than just whacking jobs," he said.
And current contract talks were on the mind of one state worker who called us: "If the state is already $10 billion in the hole, there's no way we're getting a raise."
If you missed it, you can read Bee reporter Jim Sanders' story on the planned special legislative session by clicking here.
And Steve Wiegand of The Bee Capitol Bureau has more here.
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