As reported in this Nov. 23 blog post, the Assembly's tentative calendar included Lincoln's Birthday. (The calendar only ran through August, so Columbus Day wasn't listed.) We predicted the Assembly would erase those paid days off when they approved the final calendar. Keeping the holidays would have been the height of hypocrisy, since the Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last February passed a package of budget fixes that included eliminating the two holidays for the state workforce.
Click here to view the fax (spliced together from two pages) we received from Assembly Chief Administrative Officer Jon Waldie.
Of course, some people would argue that the Legislature also should be on three-day furloughs each month, since lawmakers voted for a budget that assumed savings equal to that amount.
The legality of Schwarzenegger's furloughs and the holiday legislation is being tested in the courts and through the grievance process.