Schwarzenegger sues to furlough more Calif workers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has gone to court in an attempt to force 15,000 more state government workers to take furloughs. It's an effort to reduce California's $42 billion deficit.

Schwarzenegger had already ordered more than 200,000 state workers to take two days off each month without pay. He projected those furloughs would save $1.3 billion through June 2010. The first furlough day was last Friday.

The court ruling that backed up Schwarzenegger's authority to order those furloughs did not address employees of state constitutional officers or members of a tax panel, the Board of Equalization. Schwarzenegger has sued the state's Democratic controller to force those furloughs.

Officials estimate the additional furloughs would save $93.2 million.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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