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With no budget, California to cut 20,000 state jobs

California, which is on the brink of running out of cash, will notify 20,000 state workers on Tuesday their jobs may be eliminated, a spokesman for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said on Monday.

The announcement came a day after California lawmakers narrowly failed to pass a $40 billion budget that would have plugged the state’s deficit with a mix of tax hikes and spending cuts.

“In the absence of a budget, the governor has a responsibility to realize state savings any way he can,” said Aaron McLear, a spokesman for the Republican governor. “This is unfortunately a necessary decision.”

The layoff notices will affect about 20 percent of state workers, McLear said, adding the cuts would extend to every part of state government.

complete article @ Reuters

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