The pain caused by free falling state tax revenues is spreading beyond California.
In Hawaii, Governor Linda Lingle wants to furlough her state workers three days a month until 2011.
The unions are challenging the plan in court. A hearing is expected this week.
Gov. Lingle is grappling with a $688 million budget shortfall after already trimming $2 billion from her state's budget.
She vows that if her plan to furlough that state's 15,600 state workforce starting July 1 is nixed by the court, she will issue at least 2,500 layoff notices soon afterward.
At least three of the four state employee unions have gone to court to stop her plan, saying that the proposed furloughs are illegal and violate the state's constitution.
For details about the Hell in Hawaii, click here to read a Honolulu Star-Bulletin report.
Then, click here for an Associated Press report that suggests the battle between Lingle and her state worker unions could "literally come down to a trio of sentences in an obscure state labor statute."