August 20th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

Furloughs close Calif. agencies

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.

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  1. Steve Pickering

    California is not the center of the universe. Oregon has had Friday Forloughs for some time now. This is Furlough Friday here today also, so most of the West Coast has no Government Service today.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reaper

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUkcjAtzzcI&w=640&h=360]

    August 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dave

    At least they have a job to go back to on Monday.

    August 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |