If Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to issue minimum-wage checks to 200,000 state workers in less than a month, he may want to rehire any semi-retired computer programmers he terminated last week.California taxpayers are now being held hostage by CA state employees. Court orders don't matter. Edicts from the governor don't matter. Just fabricate a tale and blame it all on COBOL. Funny how CA state employees can give themselves big pay raises in a hurry using this very same payroll system!
The massive pay cut would exhaust the state's antiquated payroll system, which is built on a Vietnam-era computer language so outdated that many college students don't even bother to learn it anymore.
Democratic state Controller John Chiang said Monday it would take at least six months to reconfigure the state's payroll system to issue blanket checks at the federal minimum wage of $6.55 per hour, though Schwarzenegger insists such a change should occur this month.
The beautiful state of California is SO screwed.
Update: The Instaglenn posted about this.