Attorneys representing Controller John Chiang and the Department of Personnel Administration met in Sacramento Superior Court on Thursday to debate several highly technical minimum wage issues. The two sides are moving toward a full hearing on whether the controller can refuse to comply with DPA's instruction to withhold state workers' pay to the federal minimum allowed during the budget impasse.
Nothing that Judge Patrick Marlette heard changed his mind. The tentative ruling he issued on Wednesday stands as the his final decision. It sets the framework for the legal issues that are in play as the two sides now fully engage in the minimum wage compliance debate.
Next up: Another status hearing on Sept. 23. Look for the governor's side to push for a quick hearing date, while Chiang's lawyers will likely argue for a later date so that they can have more time to prepare.