Furloughs in Round-the-Clock Operations: Savings are Illusory

Source: John Adkisson, John Hill, Dorothy Korber, Nancy Vogel, California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes, October 14, 2009

This report finds, however, that the furlough savings are illusory for at least a third of the roughly 100,000 state employees paid from the general fund. Some state jobs cannot stop for furloughs, most prominently the care and supervision of prison inmates and people with serious developmental disabilities and mental illnesses. For workers who do these jobs, the furlough policy simply pushes labor costs to future years – while adding potentially significant costs.

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