Thursday, February 5, 2009
State agencies are scrambling to figure out which employees will be working on Friday, the first furlough day ordered by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to cut costs.
Schwarzenegger ordered state employees to take two days a month off without pay as the state faces a nearly $42 billion budget deficit through June 2010. A judge upheld the order last week.
As of Thursday, many state agencies still had not issued public notices about the closures on their Web sites. Others were trying to find a way to keep some offices open.
Schwarzenegger's office says about 90 percent of the state's 238,000 employees are supposed to be off Friday. It will be the first furlough in state history.