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Final Furlough Friday



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    CORTE MADERA, CA - JULY 10: A California Department of Motor Vehicles customer peers into the door of a closed DMV branch July 10, 2009 in Corte Madera, California. As California struggles with a $26-billion budget imbalance, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency earlier this month and has ordered three work furlough days per month leaving most state offices closed today. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

     It's the final furlough Friday for California state workers who were forced to take unpaid days each month over the last two years.

     State workers have been furloughed 46 days since Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger issued the order in late 2008. The administration says the furloughs have saved about $1 billion during the state budget crisis.

    Initially, Schwarzenegger imposed two furlough days per month but added a third day in 2009.

    Schwarzenegger doesn't plan to extend the furloughs into the next fiscal year, which begins July 1. Instead he is asking unions to cut salaries and increase the amount employees contribute to pension benefits.

    Earlier this week, four unions agreed to such changes, and others are in negotiations with the governor.

    The furloughs days have have been challenged in court.  There is a chance that in the end, the workers will be paid for all the days off if a judge agrees with their argument.