So how much have furloughs boomeranged to hit the state with lost employee payroll taxes?
We've collected data from the controller's office about state income tax withheld from state workers' pay from January 2006 through August of this year. The figures give an indication of how furloughs have affected state tax receipts from workforce payroll.
The state's cut of employee payroll took a $6 million hit in last February, the first month of furloughs, compared with the same month in 2008. Gross payroll for the month also shrank by $62 million, despite nearly 6,000 more full-time employees. (Departments lost about 500 more part-time and intermittent workers, so the overall state worker count for February of this year was down compared to February 2008.)
Access the controller's month-by-month data by clicking here.
(The data isn't in a form that can be immediately manipulated. We invite enterprising State Worker blog users to take up the cause and share tables, graphs and observations they cull from the information.)