Wednesday, January 21, 2009

California Employee Furloughs On Hold

California State Controller John Chiang is refusing to implement the Governator's executive order reducing state payroll and hours by 10%, unless ordered by a court (pdf):

After review of the Governor’s Executive Order, the Controller has come to the conclusion that it is not within the fundamental jurisdiction of either the Governor or DPA to unilaterally furlough state employees. This is because the ultimate authority over salaries is placed in the legislature, and "DPA can act only to the extent and in a manner consistent with the legislative delegation of authority." And neither the Governor nor DPA has been able to cite a delegation or authority that supports such action. Therefore, the Controller has no intention of implementing the Governor's furlough plan, absent a ruling to the contrary from a court of law.
Forgive me for being glib, but what good is having a Governor if he's not allowed to govern?

10 comments :

patient renter said...

Forgive me for being glib, but what good is having a Governor if he's not allowed to govern?

I'm with you here. Though the legislature allocates funds, the Governor ultimately heads the various state apparatus that soak them up. Why shouldn't he be able to put on the brakes?

Aside from this argument though, I'm really just wondering WTF this whole charade accomplishes? So the State workers keep their full pay, nobody is furloughed, and the State completely and utterly runs out of money as a result.

Wow, Chiang sure showed them! High five!

Reality and State workers, including Chiang, still do not appear to have met.

Max said...

I think this is a Pyrrhic victory for state workers. There is a huge backlash building against them, and they need to take some lumps now to diffuse the tension. State workers are generally a clueless bunch when it comes to self-valuation.

There will be cutbacks in all aspects of state spending, including employees. Whether that happens at the ballot box or the capital remains to be seen.

Anonymous said...

Max - AMEN on state workers!

Anonymous said...

Been visiting the DMV several times over the past few months, 2 teenagers going through the drill and trying to clear up an old car (AKA p.o.s. as my kids call them)

The "get a number" line has gone from 5 minutes last Fall to at least 45 minutes last week. Total time to get to a window, at least 1-1/2 hours. Of course, many in line are now unemployed.

Sippn

Max said...

The "get a number" line has gone from 5 minutes last Fall to at least 45 minutes last week. Total time to get to a window, at least 1-1/2 hours. Of course, many in line are now unemployed.

I've always thought that getting better front-line DMV employees would do more to solve the state worker PR problem than anything. With the possible exception of the postal workers on 8th & I, the DMV people are the most callous, insensitive, couldn't-give-a-shit workers I've ever experienced. They seem so unhappy too.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Its not the pay, as they make plenty. Some have pride and still work there. But for many, its an entitlement, the best job and pay they will ever have.

My FIL worked his butt off for the govt, when he didn't have a day off every week. One salary gave them a fat bull bene retirement, 2 cars, nice house pushing a mil, regular vacations still, with a HS diploma. My BIL, however, will milk the sick days, etc., add on another 100 lbs and likely do the same with the same HS diploma. uggg.

Will the riots start at the DMV?

Anonymous said...

Uninsured motorist rate at 18% in CA. Pleeese. That's one of every 5 cars. Lets do a traffic checkpoint (similar to DUI) and pull those cars aside to the tow yard. Sell 'em and put the funds into an uninsured driver fund to subsidize my insurance with a cut to the checkpoint costs!

Sippn

RV6Flyer said...

"That's one of every 5 cars."

That's two cars for every illegal immigrant in California.

Max said...

Irony of ironies, my wife just called and she was hit by an uninsured driver. They want to try and settle with cash, but I'm waiting to see the damage.

patient renter said...

G'luck Max.

I'm curious how that situation plays out. Does the other driver just say up front, "I have no insurance"?

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