In the midst of California’s perpetual budget deficits, it sounded like a necessary evil when it was first proposed: furlough state workers for three days a month to save the state money. However, some jobs in California are too vital to go unfulfilled, and prison workers (especially prison healthcare workers) have been forced to “bank” furlough hours and continue working, which might end up costing the state more money than it had hoped to save. Is there any way out of the red in California?
Sen. Darrell Steinberg, D-6th District (Sacramento); president pro tem for the California State Senate
Aaron McLear, press secretary to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger