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California state senate president Darrell Steinberg (R) looks on as California governor-elect Jerry Brown speaks. The governor warned state unions today of even higher pay cuts.
State workers face pay cuts of up to 10 percent in a revised budget due out next Monday.
Sources at state worker unions say Governor Brown warned them about the pay cuts a week ago. But the depth of the cuts – anywhere from eight to ten percent of their paycheck – was news.
In a written statement, David Miller with the California Association of Professional Scientists says the 3,000-member union agreed to several concessions last year to help the state cope with deep deficits.
But, Miller writes, “further cuts, after years of unpaid furloughs and benefit concessions, seem unreasonable.”
The state worker pay cuts will be detailed in Governor Brown revised budget next Monday. Brown’s got to plug a deficit that’s grown larger than the $9 billion shortfall he projected in January.
Lower-than-expected tax revenues and increased costs could deepen the deficit by a few billion dollars.