Governor Schwarzenegger’s attempt to drastically cut wages for hundreds of thousands of state workers until a new budget is approved has drawn fire from right, left and center as variously illegal, immoral, or just a ham-handed threat.
The State Controller (who signs the checks) said he won’t cut state employees’ pay (in the SF Chronicle).
Even the governor’s Republican colleagues seemed to frown at the idea, with this joint statement from Senate and Assembly leadership: "We are working very hard to avoid drastic measures like the one that is being proposed."
Contrary to one of the governor’s favorite sayings, if everyone’s mad at you, it’s not a sign that you’re successfully straddling the middle of the road. This idea looks to be dead on arrival.