The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 8, 2010
Senate sends furlough bill to Schwarzenegger; he'll likely veto

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is "likely to veto" a furlough exemption bill that sailed through the Assembly and Senate this afternoon, an administration spokesman told The State Worker just a few minutes ago.

The state Senate approved the measure, SBX8 29, by a 27-7 vote. Earlier, the Assembly approved the bill by a 70-7 after add-on votes were counted at 1:20 p.m. The measure exempts from furloughs any state employees in positions paid with 5 percent or less of general fund money.

Schwarzenegger probably won't sign it.

"The governor cannot support any measure that would limit the state's ability to respond to the fiscal crisis," Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said. "Just as every California family and business, we must do all we can to cut spending."

But does that mean the governor will definitely veto the bill?

"He's very likely to veto this," McLear said.

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