Layoffs Set for 22,000 California State Workers

By: Don Thompson AP
By: Don Thompson AP

SACRAMENTO (AP) - About 22,000 temporary, part-time and contract
state workers face lay-offs with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger poised
to sign an executive order to deal with a budget crisis.

That could mean longer lines at Department of Motor Vehicles offices, fewer food safety inspections and cutbacks in the programs that stock fish in the state's rivers and lakes.

The governor says he also will start paying 200,000 regular state employees the federal minimum wage when he signs the order on

He's trying to pressure state lawmakers into passing a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 and avoiding a pending cash crisis.

The workers receiving the federal minimum of $6.55 an hour will be reimbursed for their full salaries once a budget deal is reached. The others will simply be out of work.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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