Court: Guv Can Furlough State Workers

Attention all state workers who have the pleasure of reading this blog: Get ready to find something else to do three days a month. Yesterday, the state Supreme Court ruled that yes, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger does have the authority to impose a furlough of three days’ unpaid leave every month for 150,000 state workers, to cope with the budget crisis. The move will save California about $150 million a month, the governor’s office claims, according to the Associated Press. Let’s do some quick math here: 150,000 workers furloughed for three days will save $150 million, or $1,000 per employee. That comes to $333 for every day that a state employee doesn’t work. But that can’t possibly mean state employees get an average salary of $333 per day, right? What else is at play here? Saving costs on air conditioning for empty offices? Equivalent contributions for pension plans forgone as well?

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