Budget Crisis: Scores of California State Offices Closed Today

Friday, February 6, 2009

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Scores of state offices will be closed today as more than 200,000 workers take their first unpaid day off in response to California’s deepening fiscal crisis.

That means Californians won’t be able to take a driver’s license test or conduct business at some state office buildings.

adding to the potential for consumer confusion, some state services and facilities will be open for business as usual.

Among the closed offices will be all Department of Motor Vehicles outlets, Fish and Game, Food and Agriculture, Social Services and the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

The Department of Mental Health will be closed, but mental hospitals will remain open. Workers Compensation offices will be closed.

State parks, which generate revenue from entrance fees, will remain open, as will state courts, the secretary of state’s offices, California Highway Patrol offices and campuses of the University of California, Cal State and California Community Colleges. Public safety employees are exempt from the Friday furloughs and can schedule their days off differently.

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8 Responses to Budget Crisis: Scores of California State Offices Closed Today

  1. Harry says:

    As California goes, so goes the nation. The San Diego Union says the state will have a $42 billion dollar shortfall this year.

  2. libhomo says:

    If rich people like Schwartzenazi paid their fair share in taxes, this wouldn’t have happened.

  3. Tiny Dancer says:

    Nearly 600,000 jobs were lost last month. The Bush nightmare continues unabated and the GOP says fuck you to the American people — we oppose the president’s efforts to fix the economy.

    We’re in a bad way and I’m worried.

  4. Fran says:

    Wow! I heard that California does not have enough money to do tax returns this year, and may have to send IOU notes instead of tax refunds.

    You KNOW things are bad when you lose your job & head to the unemployment office, only to find its closed due to lack of funds.

    Dare we say the economic “D” word?? (Depression)

  5. Fran says:

    The California State LOTTERY office remained Open!

    Aaaahrnold better go buy a bunch of tickets!

  6. R.J. says:

    If greedy Cali residents actually paid the same percentage of property taxes over the years compared to residents in other states we wouldn’t have these budget shortfalls or a dying infastructure.

    No income = no funds.

  7. Fran says:

    RJ: I live in a State with one of the highest income taxes in the nation, as we have no sales tax. Oregon is hurting anyway, as in rural/Eastern Oregon, the unemployment rate is already double digits… as in 10+ % unemployment rate. The western, metro areas have 9.5% unemployment. One of the top 5 in the nation. Not sure the pay more taxes argument applies?

  8. Fran,

    You ought to see the property and income taxes in New York state.

    It’s one of the many reasons we’re not staying here now that Jim has graduated from Nursing school.

    A few months ago, we went to an open house for a modest 3 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath ranch home in Irondequoit (a suburb of Rochester) that was listed for $129,000. The property taxes were a staggering $6,000. A similar house in California, Arizona, or Nevada, or North Carolina would see property taxes at roughly 1% per $100 of assessed value, making the annual property tax bill $1,300.

    The question becomes, would you rather have an additional $4,700 to save or invest for retirement or give it to New York state?

    This is one of the reasons people are leaving New York state in droves. The taxes here are among the highest in the nation and yet no one in Albany can explain where the money is going. The state is broke.

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