I had to chuckle when I read about the February furlough day for many state employees. This plan is expected to shave $70 million from the state budget shortfall. This is a good plan – in theory.
The problem is that it is not really unpaid days off.
You see, if you are a permanent state worker and have accrued vacation leave on the books, and earn less than $2,500 a month, then you may use the vacation leave. They just don’t fool me – I’m sure they don’t fool you either.
They should start by cutting some of the very thick middle and upper management positions.
Most agencies are so top heavy it is ridiculous. I worked for more than 19 years at the state. The spending is outrageous, with some of it bordering on unethical expenditures. Some expenditures are absolutely outside of allowable policy. I saw it first-hand.
Unfortunately, the managers who do this only get a slap on the hand.
Cut some of those managers. You know the ones – the staff that nobody ever seems to know what they are doing. Their numbers are many.
Go back to work state workers – after all, you are being paid.