California state employees...more than 200,000 of them...now earn just minimum wage, thanks to an order signed by Governor Schwarzenegger. (That is, if the controller agrees to uphold Ah-nald's order...)
Why? Because California STILL has not okayed a budget.
See the specifics here:
Fascinating. This has happened before in Colorado, but on a much shorter timeline. One year, all government offices were shut down for a few days until the legislature got their (ahem) behinds in gear. Maybe the prospect of minimum wage will motivate some Californian heinies into motion.
Then again, maybe not.