If next year brings another budget impasse, the same issues with the state's payroll systems may remain.
Comptroller Leslie Munger has argued her office needs to pay state employees in full, even without a budget in place, because the state's outdated and varied payroll systems can't easily find out who's covered by the Federal Labor Standards Act.
While Munger says her office is working on streamlining and upgrading the state's accounting and payroll systems, but that process will take longer than a year.

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"It depends on how quickly our rollout goes, how many agencies we can bring on board, how quickly that happens. A year is a little tight to have it completely rolled out. I would say in a year and a half, we'll be in good shape."
That's only on the financial systems. Munger says updating other systems dealing with managing state grants, procurement, and human resources will take a total of five years to complete.
Munger admits it's an expensive solution in the short-term, costing $250 million to implement over the five-year period, but she says once installed, it will save the state $500 million per year.
So why didn't predecessors in the comptroller's office didn't address these issues?
"I knew it was an issue soon I walked into the office and saw there were 800 accounts and 263 different accounting systems, and it takes us almost nine months to complete our year-end financial results," Munger said. "I think people didn't make it a priority, they spent money on other things."


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