From AP:

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has ordered a state government hiring freeze amid California’s ongoing fiscal crisis, hours after he dropped a lawsuit filed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger over whether the governor has the authority to pay state workers minimum wage.

Brown announced Tuesday what he said was a comprehensive hiring freeze that applies to vacant, seasonal, full-time and part-time positions. The administration estimates it will save $363 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Democratic governor is allowing for certain exemptions that are critical to public safety, revenue collection and other core functions.

Also Tuesday, Brown’s administration announced it filed a dismissal in Sacramento County Superior Court. The filing ends Schwarzenegger’s battle to impose the federal minimum wage on state workers during budget impasses.

Read the full executive order here.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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