I can see riots in the streets if these state workers end up getting a pay check for $800 after earning $2000 or more per month. It is expensive to live in california and if these people thought they could depend on their state jobs, the safest jobs in the world, how are they going to eat or pay their rent or mortgages? I can vouch to the fact that normal rent for a one bedroom apartment in california can run up to $2000 a month and averages about $1200. He thinks that voters are going to blame democrats for this cut in their pay but he's wrong. He's the one who signed it, he's the one who will take the heat.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an executive order today eliminating jobs for as many as 22,000 temporary state employees and reducing pay for about 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour, portraying it as a stopgap measure to ensure the state can pay its bills without a state budget.
The Republican governor intends to reverse those moves once lawmakers reach a budget compromise, meaning the state would rehire temporary workers and give employees their entire back pay. The governor's order also imposes a strict hiring freeze and eliminates overtime but exempts workers in health and safety fields.
Schwarzenegger said the state's financial situation and the fact that no budget has been signed "leaves me with no easy choices."
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