(San Diego Union-Tribune) Just weeks after voters agreed to help ailing state coffers with higher sales and income taxes, a Los Angeles-area lawmaker wants to give state workers an additional paid holiday, costing taxpayers tens of millions of dollars per year.

Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-West Covina, on Tuesday introduced a bill that would celebrate Native American Day as a holiday on the second Monday in October, recognized as Columbus Day by the federal government.

The added holiday would make 12 per year for state workers. Hernández, whose top campaign contributors have been trade unions, is a key player in the new Democratic supermajority in the legislature. He was named last month to chair the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee.

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