California state workers outraged at possible layoffs

Sacramento BeeMay 15, 2009 

State workers were outraged and anxious on Tuesday after learning that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to lay off 5,000 of them in the coming weeks.

Although the administration didn't break down which departments would lose jobs, it did say the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, which runs the state prison system, would lose the most positions.

And one official said the state may need to cut more jobs if California's recession worsens and the state's general fund revenue keeps dwindling.

"This may not be the only layoff," said Vickie Bradshaw, deputy chief of staff and Cabinet secretary to the governor.

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