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CA high court upholds governor's furloughs

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

October 4, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The California Supreme Court has upheld Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order for state workers.The court issued its unanimous ruling on Monday, concluding that the state Legislature's 2009 budget legislation validated the governor's furlough program.

State employee labor unions have been challenging the governor's two-day-a-month furloughs since he issued the order for 200,000 state workers in February 2009.

Schwarzenegger later expanded the furlough to three days a month, which roughly translates to a 14-percent pay cut for government employees.

The governor said the order was intended to save money as the state faced a severe budget crisis.

The order has sparked more than two dozen lawsuits.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.