This is the next in a series of posts looking back at the most-read State Worker blog posts and columns.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger usually let surrogates handle the dirty work of talking about furloughs, but on a few occasions he addressed the controversial policy himself.
But at an Aug. 3 appearance before the Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Fresno, someone (probably a state worker) asked the governor, "Why did the state workers have to bear the brunt of fiscal mismanagement? When do we get our money back? When will the furloughs end?"
Schwarzenegger cut loose with a lengthy extemporaneous statement about furloughs that included his assertion that state workers "don't take on an extra burden," especially compared with private-sector employees who have lost their jobs.
Our post that afternoon included a transcript and audio clip of what Schwarzenegger said. It quickly drew hundreds of comments. Click here to read Schwarzenegger: "We're not taking anything away from any state employee."