[OT] Government in action!

Paul King sciguy-Ja3L+HSX0kI at public.gmane.org
Mon Dec 1 11:23:49 UTC 2008

A computer-related nugget from News of the Weird:

Facing a state budget crisis in July, California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger fired about 10,000 temporary and part-time
workers and ordered the 200,000 permanent employees to be paid
only the minimum wage of $6.55 an hour until the legislature
passed a crisis-solving budget.  However, a week later the State
Controller John Chiang pointed out that state payroll records could
not be changed to accommodate the cut because they were written
in the antiquated COBOL computer language, and virtually the
only state employees who knew the code were some of the part-
timers Schwarzenegger had just fired. [Sacramento Bee, 8-5-08]

Paul King
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