Calif. State Workers Take Forced Day Off

200K at DMV, other agencies stay home amid budget crunch
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2009 11:11 AM CST
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has gone up against his Democratic-majority state legislature to force state employees to take unpaid leave days twice a month.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Californians looking to renew a driver’s license today will be disappointed, as 200,000 state employees take their first forced day off. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says the two mandatory unpaid vacation days per month—a 9% pay cut—is a budget necessity. But many Californians are confused about which offices are still open, reports the Los Angeles Times.