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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

December 5, 2009
From the notebook: Read FTB's request for furlough exemption

We can never get everything we learn into a news story or State Worker column. "From the notebook" posts give you the notes, quotes, details and documents that inform what we write.

Today's story in the fiber/cyber Bee looks at the Franchise Tax Board's "Budget Change Proposal" for a furlough exemption in 2010-11.

Some caveats: FTB says it's planning, just in case. A judge could overturn Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough policy. (Click here to read about the Nov. 16 hearings in Alameda Superior Court.). Or the state's economy could rebound and abate the need for budget cuts. (Highly unlikely, as we noted in this recent column.)

Click this link to read the draft of FTB's 9-page proposal, which lays out the rationale for the board's exemption request. The board approved the proposal at its Thursday meeting. Click here to view the FTB's agenda that day.

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