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Most state employees to go on furlough Friday

February 5, 2009 | 12:50 pm

Most of the state workforce won’t be reporting to work tomorrow, as Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger begins forcing employees to take two Fridays off per month without pay.

But one group of state employees -– those who work for the attorney general, the treasurer and other statewide officials -– may have escaped the order.

Judge Patrick Marlette, who last month upheld the governor’s furlough order, said today that his decision did not address some 15,600 employees of a dozen offices.

The furlough plan, aimed at helping to trim a budget shortfall that could reach $42 billion in 17 months, still affects 238,000 other state workers.

Many state agencies, including all Department of Motor Vehicles offices, will be closed tomorrow to comply with the furlough.

"We applaud the court's finding and we look forward to working with the constitutional officers to find cost savings that do not disrupt state services," said Jim Herron Zamora, a spokesman for Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, which represents about 70% of the workers given the reprieve today.

-- Patrick McGreevy