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State offices closed today amid new round of worker furloughs

July 10, 2009 |  7:29 am


A new round of California worker furloughs takes effect today, causing most state offices to be closed.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency earlier this month due to the state budget impasse, ordering three furlough days each month.

“Though the legislature failed to solve our budget problem yesterday, rest assured that solving the entire deficit remains my first and only priority, and I will not rest until we get it done. I will not be a part of pushing this crisis down the road -- the road stops here,”  Schwarzenegger said in a statement when issuing the order.

The furloughs are designed to reduce spending on state employee salaries. The office closures are expected to save more than $1 billion over the next year. The state has a $26-billion budget imbalance.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Private security guard Larry Cash informs Lorenza Valdez that the Department of Motor Vehicle office located at 3615 S. Hope Street in Los Angeles is closed this today. (Al  Seib  / Los Angeles Times)