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Budget Signing Doen’t Help Laid Off Workers

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Aired 4/19/09

Even though California finally has a budget, many of the ten-thousand state workers who were laid off during the stalemate may not get their jobs back.

Governor Schwarzenegger issued an Executive Order in July calling for the layoffs of temporary and part-time workers. It also eliminated overtime and some business contracts. Finance Director Mike Genest says the Order still stands:

Genest: Some of those people will not come back. Some of those contracts will not be implemented. Some of that overtime will not resume. Sorting all that out in detail will take a while, but until we do the Executive Order remains in effect.

The Department of Finance estimates the state will save about 340 million dollars from the Order. Genest says next July they'll consider which jobs might be filled on a case-by-case basis. But he says there may be exceptions in some departments before that. The Governor's Order exempted a number of workers in health and safety positions.

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