California governor’s transition makes extra work for state finance department

Most state government workers plan to spend the Friday after Thanksgiving relaxing with family and friends. But some civil servants at California’s Department of Finance may be hard at work.

The 400 state employees who help balance California’s budget each year are coping with three times their normal workload. 

One priority is the normal, end-of-the-year reports the Finance Department issues on state revenues and demographics. 

"There’s no shortage of work that has to be done in between now and the end of the year," said the department’s HD Palmer.

Palmer says financial analysts are also briefing governor-elect Jerry Brown.  They’ll draw up his budget proposal for January – while they’re still working for Arnold Schwarzenegger. 

That governor’s called the Legislature into a special session next month to address a $6 billion shortfall in the budget he just signed.  

Palmer said, "This administration will put forward proposed solutions by December 6, 2010 that will address that $6 billion shortfall."

HD Palmer says finance department staff can expect little rest between now and the new year. All-nighters and weekend work are the norm until the dawn of 2011.

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