The governor’s office argued that three unpaid days off a month for state workers would cut costs while California tries to close a 19 billion dollar budget gap. Aaron McLear is a spokesman for the governor. He says if furloughs aren’t allowed, Schwarzenegger will consider other ways to save money.
“Layoffs, or pay cuts, or other means but state workers will get the same amount of cuts they were going to otherwise.”
But Bruce Blanning with the Professional Engineers in California Government says furloughs don’t cut costs, because the work has to be done either way.
“I just think until this guy leaves office he’s going to try to hurt state employees whether it hurts services or not.”
Blanning says the past year and a half of furloughs has already been difficult for state workers to deal with. The governor’s office plans to appeal the decision to the State Supreme Court.