Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration on Tuesday asked state Controller John Chiang to temporarily cut the pay of roughly 180,000 state employees while exempting about 50,000 workers in a patchwork of departments.
Schwarzenegger's formal pay letter moves him closer to a legal battle with Chiang, whose office said Tuesday he will defy the instructions and continue to pay full salaries to state workers.
The governor signed an executive order last week that terminated 10,133 part-time and temporary employees while banning overtime for most workers and attempting to slash salaries until a state budget is approved.
More details follow at the Sacramento Bee