The UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education today released, "The High Cost of Furloughs," a study that concludes that one furlough day per month would yield almost as much savings to the state as the current three "Furlough Fridays."
Here's a chart that lays out the argument:
Click the link below to get the entire report and the response from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office.
Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg held a press conference to tout the report just a day after the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes concluded that furlough savings at 24/7 facilities like prisons and hospitals is "illlusory." (Click here for more.)
Steinberg commissioned the Senate report, while UC Berkeley labor expert Ken Jacobs said that the senator became aware of "The High Cost of Furloughs" study as university researchers were asking questions and gathering data.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's office kept relatively quiet after Wednesday's Senate report, but today spokesman Aaron McLear pushed back with an e-mailed response that framed the issue in terms of fairness, Legislative inaction and unreasonable demands and undue influence of state worker unions.
Click here to view McLear's e-mail.