Cap Bureau colleague Jim Sanders just returned from a holiday press event with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and brings news that the administration may hold back on sending layoff warnings to 20,000 employees Friday if the governor is satisfied today that a budget deal is close.
The latest word, according to this report from Kevin Yamamura, is that the budget vote has been pushed from Friday to Saturday in the Assembly. Schwarzenegger said he would send out the layoff warning letters if lawmakers failed to reach a budget agreement by Friday.
"If at some point today we're pretty much there (with a budget agreement), that we can realize the savings elsewhere, then we may not have to do layoffs," Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said shortly after the governor issued a Lincoln's Birthday proclamation and took a few questions from reporters.
Meanwhile, we're working feverishly on a story about what the new budget could mean for state employee union talks and taking your calls and e-mails responding to today's State Worker column.
IMAGE: Aaron McLear / Sacramento Bee file photo, March 2008, Brian Baer