California lawmakers were told to bring their toothbrushes and prepare for a long day Tuesday, with the goal of passing a budget as the state faces a $42 billion deficit and 20,000 layoff notices were set to go out to state workers Tuesday.
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California to lay off 20,000 if budget deal isn’t reached
Schwarzenegger says state worker layoffs looming
Faced with a projected $42 billion deficit, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger warned Tuesday that 20,000 state workers will lose their jobs if a budget deal isn’t reached by the end of the week. The governor and the legislature are “making progress” in talks, said Schwarzenegger’s press secretary, Aaron McLear.