California Government Offices to Close Friday

Schwarzenegger is not a popular guy these days with California state workers. Most state offices will be closed Friday, the first of three monthly furlough days intended to save the state money.

The Gubernator’s ‘hasta la vista’ order gives state employees three days off a month without pay, effectively reducing their income about 14 percent.

The governor ordered workers to take two days off a month without pay in February. He recently expanded the furlough after lawmakers failed to cut employees' pay by an additional 5 percent.

California is having a tough time balancing the checkbook. The state is $26.3 billion out of balance.

The two-day-a-month closures will save the state $1.3 billion between February and July 2010. The third furlough day will save another $425 million in the current fiscal year.

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