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Court stays ruling that would have ended many state worker furloughs

March 30, 2010 |  2:32 pm

California’s 1st District Court of Appeal has issued a stay of a Superior Court judge’s decision last week to end furloughs immediately for tens of thousands of state workers.

Last week, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch said that state employees who work for agencies that are not funded by California’s general fund should go back to work as of Friday.

Roesch’s decision applied to three cases; thus far the appeals court has stayed two of those. The Schwarzenegger administration had appealed to the higher court which Tuesday put Roesch’s decision on hold.

More court hearings on the case are scheduled later this week and next. The Schwarzenegger administration has asked the California Supreme Court to wade into the legal battle over furloughs to settle the issue once and for all.

-- Shane Goldmacher in Sacramento