The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

January 6, 2010
State worker furlough debate hits public radio airwaves

Forum, the KQED public radio show hosted by Michael Krasny, today took an an hour long look at state worker furloughs and their impact on public services and state budget revenues.

The news peg was last week's rulings in three cases in which an Alameda Superior Court Judge ruled that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration had abused its discretion when it ordered mandatory three-day-a-month furloughs for all state workers in 2009.

More on the rulings and the fallout by clicking here and here. 

Appearing with Krasny to discuss furloughs, including private sector efforts too, were:

- Aaron McLear, press secretary for Schwarzenegger.
- David Levine, chair of the Haas Economic Analysis and Policy Group at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
- John Sullivan, professor of management at San Francisco State University.
- Nancy Vogel, principal consultant for the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes, a new entity created by Senate Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg.

 The show will be available on KQED's Web site audio archive later today. Find it by clicking here.   Or catch the show when it replays on the radio again tonight at 10PM.

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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