California Greening Under Threat: Minimum Wage Proposed For State Workers

california greening halted by budget cutbacks minimum wages for state workers photo

California faces a difficult budget reality. One proposed solution, cutting state workers to minimum wage, could be demoralizing.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger plans next week to slash the pay of more than 200,000 state workers to the federal minimum of $6.55 per hour to help ease the state's budget crisis, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Chronicle on Wednesday.

The governor also will order an end to overtime pay for all but critical services, a freeze on state hiring and the immediate layoff of nearly 22,000 temporary, seasonal and student workers.

Across the nation, expect similar issues to arise, slowing the trend of 'greening of state government,' and underscoring the need for the Federal government to take a leadership role. Via::SF Gate, Governor plans to slash state workers' pay. Image credit::The Greening Of California, Tim Porter.More about California Greening:
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