The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 12, 2009
Schwarzenegger looking at state workforce cuts
With the state facing a growing budget deficit -- even if the measures on Tuesday's ballot make a remarkable comeback and win -- the Schwarzenegger administration once again is looking at state workers for cuts.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said as much this morning at a budget roundtable in San Jose.

"We are also very seriously looking at cutting our workforce," he said.

The administration on Monday said the budget deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1 is likely to be $15.4 billion if the measures pass, $21.3 billion if they don't.

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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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