July 16, 2010 (San Diego) – Today, Sacramento County Superior Court Patrick Marlette denied a request by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to force State Controller John Chiang to reduce state workers’ pay to the federal minimum wage. The ruling could affect 200,000 California state employees.
A hearing on the issues is set for July 26 with a full hearing at a date to be determined in August, the Sacramento Bee reports. Schwarzenegger has sought to drastically reduce workers’ pay until the Legislature passes a state budget.
Chiang has sued to prevent the pay cuts. Whether the full court will opt to “terminate” the Governor’s plans remains to be seen.