The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 13, 2010
Schwarzenegger: State employees 'not in touch with reality'

State employees fared better in the economic crisis than those in the private sector, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told an audience at the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce today.

"They say when we do furloughs that it's unfair because it will be an enormous pain on state employees," said Schwarzenegger. "They're not in touch with reality."

Pointing to a chart comparing job losses in the private sector versus the public sector, Schwarzenegger said that the economic crisis has had "no effect" on state employees. He noted that the straight yellow line representing job losses in the public sector showed no decline.

Over at Capitol Alert, Dan Walters has more on the governor's speech.

Watch the video below. The governor's comments on state workers start at about the 26-minute mark.

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