The California Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision stopping furloughs for 150,000 California state employees on Wednesday. For the next two Fridays, most of the state's agencies will be closed. The governor also ordered employees to take one other day off in August. Altogether, the cuts equal a 14% pay cut. Law enforcement, tax collectors and the six bargaining units that struck deals with the governor were exempted from the order. The court also put on furlough litigation on hold until it rules on whether the governor has the power to order furloughs. The case is set to begin on September 8.
See Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times, August 18, 2010