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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Paradise Shuttered

Starting Friday, most California government offices will begin closing three days a month to save money. The shutdowns are part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s order to furlough state employees, effectively reducing their pay about 14 percent. The closings are intended to aid the state as it wrestles with a steep decline in tax revenue. Among the closings Friday will be 169 Department of Motor Vehicle offices. Prisons, hospitals, the California Highway Patrol and state firefighters will continue to operate around the clock, and people can still go to state parks and wildlife areas. In addition, more than half the Employment Development Department’s 9,000 employees will be working Friday to help unemployed people file for jobless benefits by telephone and online. About 200 one-stop career centers will stay open to help with job searches and training. The state Department of Personnel Administration plans to post a list of the few available services on its Web site.

link: National Briefing - West - California - Sorry, State Is Closed -


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