Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will send layoff warnings to at least 20,000 state workers Friday unless he reaches a budget agreement with legislative leaders that precludes the need for such cuts, his office announced Tuesday.
The Republican governor intends to eliminate 10,000 full-time positions from the state's general fund, either by job cuts, attrition or transfer to positions funded by special revenue streams, according to Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear. The layoff notices would go to 20 percent of the least senior workers in each department, initiating a process to eliminate jobs by July 1.
The move would save $150 million in the next fiscal year, and Schwarzenegger already proposed the cuts in his January budget. He is also seeking to save roughly $75 million by eliminating two holidays and overtime pay on other state holidays. McLear said that if legislative leaders can agree by Friday to save $150 million in some way other than job reductions, the governor will not send his layoff notices.
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