Arnold Declares Emergency in Calif. Budget Mess

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2009 3:34 PM CDT
State Sen. President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, left, and Senate Minority Leader Dennis Hollingsworth, R-Temecula, leave the Senate floor.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today declared a fiscal emergency and ordered lawmakers to produce a plan to close the state’s $24.3 billion deficit within 45 days, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. To accomplish that, Schwarzenegger called a special session of the legislature, and also ordered 220,000 state employees to take a third additional furlough day each month.