Last check sent to Pa. state workers

July 24, 2009 3:56:16 PM PDT
The last paycheck for the foreseeable future for tens of thousands of state government employees is out, and it wasn't a whole paycheck. Some 44,000 employees received a 20 percent paycheck Friday as a budget impasse since July 1 has stripped state government of the ability to pay bills and meet payroll.

A Treasury spokeswoman says some employees may have received nothing at all, depending on the size of their benefits deduction.

Meanwhile, the state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Sept. 16 in a court case dealing with whether state employees must be paid on time even when no budget is in place.

In addition, the federal Department of Labor is investigating whether the state has violated workers' rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act.