Sun January 9, 2011

Calif., New York Budgets Build On Shaky Ground

State employee unions have been a major political powerhouse in California. They were the financial force behind Jerry Brown's successful bid for governor. But now, state workers are wondering if Brown will be friend or foe as he tackles a $28-billion state budget deficit. It's a situation comparable to another big state's dilemma; New York, where newly elected Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes a one-year pay freeze for state workers as part of his emergency plan to get New York on stable ground.