"We have a fiscal crisis," Schwarzenegger spokesman Aaron McLear said this morning as he explained the new furlough order. "We're doing what we have to do to conserve cash."
Ahnuld came in with the same fake "no-nonsense-I-always-say-what-I-think-the-people-sent-me-to-make-hard-choices" swagger that Christie revels in. Unfortunately, attitude is not an adequate substitute for competence or the hard work of policy.Like the policy that ended June 30, the governor's new executive order requires employees take three unpaid days off per month. But unlike that policy, it has no termination date: Furloughs will end when lawmakers pass a 2010-11 budget. That could be weeks or months after the Legislature reconvenes on Monday.
But Paul Mulshine tells me we need our own form of Prop 13 here, because it's working so well in CA.