The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 15, 2010
Minimum-wage ruling expected Friday

100609 gavel.jpgState workers won't have to wait to find out what Sacramento Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette thinks about Controller John Chiang's arguments against issuing minimum-wage paychecks.

Marlette's court clerk, Barbara Freitas, said that the judge will publish a decision on Friday after an 11 a.m. hearing. Judges sometimes wait days or weeks to render a decision.

Marlette will not issue a tentative ruling ahead of time, however, according to a notice that the court issued today.

Judges will often issue tentative rulings before they hear oral arguments. In January 2009, Marlette issued a tentative ruling in favor of the governor's furlough authority prior to a hearing on the matter. What he heard didn't change his mind, and the tentative ruling became final. Furloughs started a few days later.

(Thanks to Blog User T for flagging the court notice for The State Worker.)


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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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