The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 21, 2009
UPDATE: Controller Chiang says no to furlough order

From The Bee's Kevin Yamamura:

Democratic State Controller John Chiang said Wednesday he will refuse to reduce state worker pay as demanded by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, possibly sparing more than 200,000 public employees from furloughs and pay cuts.

The move by Chiang, who is responsible for issuing state payroll, could require the Republican governor to obtain a court order to implement his twice monthly furlough plan.

Chiang filed documents Tuesday afternoon in Sacramento Superior Court arguing that the governor's plan is illegal.

"California law is clear that only the Legislature has ultimate authority over setting state employee salaries," Chiang said. "While I agree with the Governor that State employees - like all Californians - must tighten their belts, it must be done so in a manner that is consistent with the rule of law."

You can read Chiang's court filing here and the SCO's press release by clicking here.

Check back here for more from The Bee on this developing story.

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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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