Skip to comments.Judge freezes furlough order; Schwarzenegger vows appeal
Posted on 08/10/2010 7:53:45 AM PDT by SmithL
An Alameda Superior Court judge Monday temporarily barred Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger from imposing new furloughs on state workers beginning Friday.
Judge Steven A. Brick ruled that there are "serious questions" about the legality of the furloughs and that permitting them before a scheduled Sept. 13 court hearing could cause irreparable harm.
"The court finds, on the limited record before it, that the balance of hardships tips in favor of petitioners," states Brick's ruling, which is intended to preserve the status quo until both sides have had ample opportunity to press their case.
Schwarzenegger, through a spokesman, vowed an immediate appeal to allow his furlough program to begin Friday.
"As long as the Legislature fails to produce a budget and the state faces IOUs, we will do what we must to reduce costs, just as every California family and business is doing," said Aaron McLear, Schwarzenegger's spokesman.
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Public employees, a booger on the finger of the body politic?
Stop the furloughs....Get rid of them...period.
What is the governor’s job description? Seems like judges run the state.
Why spend all that money to pay a governor and a legislature when all you need is one federal judge to run the entire state?
It is amazing to live out here - we have no budget, and the state will run out of cash soon. Every time the governor tries to do something to preserve cash until a budget is signed, the public employee unions go to court and find a compliant judge to overturn him. When people try to point out the fact that when the state runs out of money, they will be facing layoffs, not furloughs, the unions put their fingers in their ears, shouting, “la-la-la-la, I can’t hear you!”
It’s like they believe the courts will force the state to keep them working even when the money runs out. However, the state cannot borrow money without a budget, and the courts have already ruled that you cannot pay someone with IOU’s and you can’t work someone without paying them in a timely manner - so the only alternative is to lay off everyone but safety personnel at some point.
Where we are going with all this is that Judges will rule the country by decree.
This ruling was from a State court. I don’t think the Federal Courts have weighed in yet in Kali.
Study: States must fill $1 trillion pension gap
HARRISBURG, Pa. - States may be forced to reduce benefits, raise taxes or slash government services to address a $1 trillion funding shortfall in public sector retirement benefits, according to a new study that warns of even more debilitating costs if immediate action isnt taken.
Another time bomb waiting to go off.
Ive been reading this for years.
nowhere is it more true than CA an NY. They are the models of our pending demise. dont expect any democrats or RINOs in government to take any real, serious action .
You know, this could have *many* benefits:
1) the same result as the recently-stayed illegal immigrants' bill in AZ: the illegals leave california as all the "social services" parasites are laid off or furloughed.
2) the realization after a week or two by most Californians that they haven't noticed a single substantive change in their daily life, even *without* a state government
3) an anvil to tie around Obama's political fortunes (and the Dems) in the upcoming elections.
(Sound of grey_whiskers purring.)