The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 5, 2009
Furloughs, job cuts in Schwarzenegger's office

State workers often ask us two questions: Are staff in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office being furloughed? Has the governor cut staffing?

Those subjects came up this week during interviews and correspondence with the administration as part of a story we're aiming for this weekend.

Here are August staffing numbers for the Governor's Office provided by Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear:

  • August 2007: 178
  • August 2008: 155
  • August 2009: 135

Staff pay also has been cut in keeping with Schwarzenegger's furlough orders, McLear said.

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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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