Furloughs Mean Long Lines at the DMV

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    A California Department of Motor Vehicles customer peers into the door of a closed DMV branch July 10, 2009 in Corte Madera, California. As California struggles with a $26-billion budget imbalance, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency earlier this month and has ordered three work furlough days per month leaving most state offices closed today. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Long lines at the DMV are getting longer, thanks to state budget cuts and furloughs.

    The on-again, off-again drama of state furloughs resumed Friday with the DMV and many state offices closed for business.

    Mandatory furloughs means a 14% pay cut for workers and increased frustration for motorists.

    "These lines are longer than the rides at Disneyland," Carlos Cruz, an academic coach at a Pasadena charter school, told the Los Angeles Times after waiting nearly two.

    Printouts posted in the DMV warned people of the Friday closure dates.

    The California Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that furloughs of state workers can begin again while it reviews whether governors have the authority to mandate unpaid days off.

    DMV officials told the Times backlogs are unavoidable and the agency has been urging people to use its website to
    avoid long waits.

    State workers started taking unpaid days off in February 2009 by order of the governor to help ease the state's budget crisis. In June, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger allowed the furloughs to expire only to turn around in July and order a new round.