As Jon Ortiz of the Sacramento Bee points out today, Arnold has decided that he can balance the sudget without the legislature. He can sit in his bubble bath, and keep adding furlough days and across the board paycuts until he gets his way. I guess that’s easier than this retired “has-been” body builderÂ doing the heavy lifting of actually coming up with reasonable and responsible solutions.
From the Bee story:Â
State workers, brace yourselves for another furlough day.
The governor’s latest budget proposal assumes almost 20 percent in employee wage cuts: 15 percent from the three-day furloughs that started this month, plus another 5 percent across-the-board whack.
“Three days (furlough) plus the 5 percent,” said H.D. Palmer, Department of Finance spokesman when asked Wednesday to clarify the governor’s budget proposal.
The Legislature won’t go for the pay cut, but the governor can then add a furlough day for reasons we’ll explain.
State employee union leaders say Schwarzenegger is abusing his authority and stiffing state workers once again.
“It’s outrageous,” said Bruce Blanning, executive director of the state’s engineers’ union. “He’s trying to destroy public service by trying to destroy those who provide those services.”Â Read the rest of:
Great! Now the “actor” is pretending to be a king.