We put out the call on Monday for state workers who agree with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's plan to furlough state workers, trim their holidays and change overtime accounting rules. One person has responded so far.
Susan Amigh, staff services analyst, called us Monday morning with these thoughts:
I would certainly prefer a furlough to layoffs ... And if we obviously need longer-term measures past what the governor has proposed, we need to accept it. But I would like to see this spread out across the board, instead of big job cuts in a few places, we should have smaller cuts spread out across departments.
It seems like it would be more fair if everyone, including the Legislature shared the pain.
Our door is open to anyone else who wants to voice support for the Governor's proposals. Call us at (916) 321-1043 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
By the way, if you missed it, Schwarzenegger visited The Bee's editorial board Monday and talked about the "haircut" he wants to give state workers. You can read Kevin Yamamura's online piece by clicking here. Editorial Board member Stuart Leavenworth has posted the first of several transcripts of the conversation on The Swarm blog.