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Judge Rejects Schwarzenegger Minimum Wage Request

A judge has declined to force the state controller to comply with an order by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to pay state workers minimum wage to deal with the state budget deficit.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Patrick Marlette on Friday denied the administration's request for a temporary restraining order that would force the controller immediately to pay the federal minimum wage to about 200,000 state workers.

He ruled that it would cause too much harm to employees.

Deputy Controller Hallye Jordan says the decision means state workers will continue to receive their full wages in July and August.

The judge did say he will allow the administration's lawsuit to proceed so the courts can sort out whether the controller must pay minimum wage in the future. The next hearing will be July 26.

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