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Schwarzenegger’s minimum wage plan foiled by old technology

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Schwarzenegger’s minimum wage plan foiled by old technology

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attempt to impose the federal minimum wage on state workers is being foiled by California’s out-of-date technology.

This week, a state appellate court sided with the Republican governor in his attempt to force 200,000 state workers to be paid $7.25 an hour while California’s budget impasse drags on.

But state Controller John Chiang says he can’t comply because the changeover is too complex for the state’s computerised payroll system. The system was designed more than 60 years ago and was last revamped in 1970.

Technology experts say the system could be updated to accommodate Schwarzenegger’s order, but it would take months to do so.

The controller’s office says it would take another six months to reprogram the system again once a state budget is eventually signed.
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