I’m amazed…

that California even has employees left that it’s allowed to do this to.

For the second time in two years, Schwarzenegger has ordered most state workers’ pay cut to the federal minimum wage because lawmakers missed their deadline to fix the state’s $19 billion budget deficit.


The average state employee makes $65,000 annually, according to the state Department of Personnel Administration. A cut to minimum wage would mean state workers would make the equivalent of $15,000 a year.

If my employer – state government or not – were to cut my pay by over 75%, even just for a month or two, and even with a “reimbursement” later, I would have another job as soon as humanly possible. They would also be extraordinarily lucky to get 2 weeks’ notice before I left. In fact, it would be more like 30 seconds notice, and probably include the phrase “go f*** yourself.”

Also, it’s just ironic that the state’s payroll system apparently can’t handle doing this without being upgraded. Which takes, you know, money. Money that could, theoretically,  be going to the employees whose pay is being cut.

California is a financial mess. The legislature needs to pull their heads out and do what needs to be done, instead of playing politics with other people’s lives.

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