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Apr 22, 2010 4:54 PM

High court denies quick ruling on Calif. furloughs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The California Supreme Court is denying Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's effort to speed up a final decision on whether the state can legally furlough more than 200,000 state employees.

The one-sentence order rejected the governor's request that the high court combine seven appeals court lawsuits.

The suits by public employee unions challenge Schwarzenegger's furloughs of state employees for three days each month. He imposed them last year to help save the state money.

The administration also had wanted the court to delay all 25 pending legal challenges in appellate and trial courts while it considered the consolidated cases.

The justices did not give a reason for their decision Thursday. The brief note said Justice Joyce Kennard dissented from the majority ruling.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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