Tuesday, August 12, 2008
(08-12) 04:00 PDT Sacramento --
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger sued state Controller John Chiang on Monday after he refused to follow the governor's order to slash pay for thousands of state workers to federal minimum wage as a cash-saving measure during the budget impasse.
The governor's suit asks a judge to force the controller to impose the pay cuts until a budget is enacted, because Schwarzenegger's administration cannot wait for Chiang to comply with the governor's recent order, Lynelle Jolley, a spokeswoman for the Department of Personnel Administration, said.
But Chiang on Monday criticized Schwarzenegger's lawsuit as a misguided attempt to make the controller do something that is not feasible in such a short amount of time.