California earthquake monitoring may be taking a hit during the partial federal government shutdown. In Menlo Park doors were locked as all but 43 of 8,600 full-time staffed geologists with the U.S. Geological Survey were furloughed.
There were suggestions from leaders in both parties that the government shutdown, heading for its second day, could last for weeks and grow to encompass a possible default by the Treasury if Congress fails to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
California lawmakers will get a pay raise of nearly $5,000 this year while the governor will see an increase of nearly $9,000 after a citizens’ panel voted Wednesday to restore some of the cuts it made during the recession.
Furlough-related flight delays began at San Francisco International Airport Friday morning, airport officials said, on the same day Congress moved to end furloughs of air traffic controllers.
San Francisco teachers won’t be getting a pay raise, but their union and the school district have reached a tentative agreement that will eliminate most furlough days and return laid off teachers to work.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a furlough order for more than 11,000 state workers whose unions have yet to reach a deal for a 5 percent wage cut.
State Supreme Court Chief Justice,Tani Cantil-Sakauye, says justice can still be served in California, even though three years of budget cuts are making it hard on the system.
Despite the uncertainty over state funding, schools in the San Jose Unified School District will be in session for a full 180 days and there will be no teacher furloughs.
Sunday marks the two year anniversary of Governor Schwarzenegger’s first ordering furloughs for state workers, and the unpaid days off have been worked into the upcoming budget, but all of that could change when Governor- Elect Jerry Brown takes office next month. Brown has opposed furlough days.
The hotly debated issue of state worker furloughs came before the California Supreme Court Wednesday. At issue is whether a lower court was correct when it ruled the governor does not have the authority to order furloughs.