Closed signs went up at California agencies Friday as a mandatory furlough went into effect for government employees in an effort to resolve the state's $19 billion budget deficit.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, according to the governor's office, ordered state workers to take three unpaid days off per month until a new budget is in place and the Department of Finance certifies that California has enough cash to meet its financial obligations through the end of the fiscal year.
The furloughs were to have started August 1 but were temporarily blocked by a lower court decision. But Wednesday, the state Supreme Court allowed the furloughs to resume.