Court Sides with Schwarzenegger on Minimum Wage

July 2, 2010 - 3:23 PM
A state appellate court sided Friday with the Schwarzenegger administration in its attempt to impose the federal minimum wage on tens of thousands of state workers. 
Sacramento, Calif. (AP) - A state appellate court sided Friday with the Schwarzenegger administration in its attempt to impose the federal minimum wage on tens of thousands of state workers.
 
It was not immediately clear how the ruling would affect Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's order a day earlier to pay 200,000 state workers the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour.
 
The state controller has refused to comply with the order. Friday's ruling affirms a lower-court decision in favor of the administration in a lawsuit filed two years ago after the governor's first attempt to impose the minimum wage.
 
The controller's office declined to comment because it is still reviewing the ruling.
 
The Republican governor issued the order on the first day of the new fiscal year because the state remains without a budget.