The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 24, 2010
Schwarzenegger vetoes Steinberg's furlough bill

By Torey Van Oot

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, as expected, vetoed legislation tonight that would have exempted some state workers from furloughs.

Senate Bill X8 29, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, would have exempted from the furloughs any state employees in jobs funded with 5 percent or less general fund cash.

In his veto message, Schwarzenegger said the measure would "undermine necessary actions taken to achieve budgetary and cash solutions" and "limit the ability of future governors to implement furloughs during a fiscal emergency."

Steinberg issued this statement shortly after the announcement:

"The governor has lost an opportunity to create private sector jobs, reduce the state's budget deficit, and stimulate California's economic recovery. Republicans and Democrats in the Legislature came together and approved this measure with large bipartisan majorities because the state's furlough policy has failed and is hurting California and our people. It's time to set pride aside, stop spending taxpayer money on losing lawsuits, and start making decisions in the best interest of Californians."

Click here to read the veto message.

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