Thursday, November 06, 2008

State Worker Cutbacks

We knew this would happen, and all-in-all, these proposals look reasonable. Among the cutbacks, the Governator is proposing:

- All state employees will be furloughed one day per month without pay, resulting in a 5% pay cut
- The Columbus Day holiday will be eliminated. Lincoln's birthday and Washington's birthday will be merged into one holiday.
- Four, 10-hour workdays will be encouraged.
- Overtime pay will be eliminated for weeks when workers take sick leave or vacation.

You can read the entire memo here:

GAS Letter To State Employees

This is in addition to the $4 billion in new tax proposals announced today. Welcome to the era of declining state revenues. More tax increases and service cutbacks to follow.

24 comments :

smf said...

The state budget has DOUBLED in 10 years.

Guess that overspending is finally catching up to a lot of people, huh?

Bryan said...

Smf: you got that right!

What a great photo for this!

Deflationary Jane said...

Just got word that contractors at Apple are gone as soon as their contracts expire and there is now a hard hiring freeze. Only person that can hire is Jobs personally.

Intel isn't doing much better. Both of those firms affect me personally.

Now that is going to rock the Silly Valley!

patient renter said...

I love how we're raising taxes, cutting spending, and approving billions in new debt all at the same time. This high speed rail thing is shaping up to be a perfect boondoggle. We may as well be spending billions on balloon animals for all that this sort of stuff is going to help the majority of Californians.

Bryan said...

Now there we perfectly agree. The high-speed rail expenditures will be (prepare for a pun) a train wreck.

Anonymous said...

Can somebody help me out on the highspeed rail issue. Is there an exact map and plan yet? I have the feeling Sacramento and Stockton will be left out of the first phase. Am I correct?

patient renter said...

Is there an exact map and plan yet?

I don't think anything is official yet, but the tentative plans include Sacramento, Stockton, Modesto, etc.

http://www.cahighspeedrail.ca.gov

woodcreek said...

Sacramento to San Diego via high speed rail: $68 3 hours 30 minutes

Via southwest: $79.50 1 hour 30 minutes.

After the novelty factor is gone, who is going to ride this?

Anonymous said...

If they don't make me take my shoes off and deal with parking and security and all the other crap that goes along with airline travel, they will have my money.

Also, if the train departs from downtown, even better. I travel about once a week to Burbank via Southwest. If I can walk out of my building, get on the train, use the internet, and be there in less than three hours, I am happy. By the time I drive to SMF and deal with all the nonsense, it is the same amount of time. Also, I can be productive on a train from the time I sit down, meaning more billable hours than airlines offer.

Anonymous said...

"Via southwest: $79.50" not true when you add the fuel surcharge 9-11 fee, and $10 in other BS.

Bryan said...

Ah the billable hour! Is there anything more sacred and inviolate?

Sound nice, but I'm a little skeptical (one more pun) the train will ever arrive.

Max said...

If they don't make me take my shoes off and deal with parking and security and all the other crap that goes along with airline travel, they will have my money.

That would be a dream indeed. Emphasis on the "dream" part.

There's no way this happens. Every county between here that there will want a stop. Besides the fact that it'll cost 10 times the estimates to build and maintain.

We can't even pay for decent schools in this state. Until funding allocations are rationalized so basic services can be handled, a "high speed" train will remain a pipe dream.

woodcreek said...

"Via southwest: $79.50" not true when you add the fuel surcharge 9-11 fee, and $10 in other BS."

Nope not true. My $79.50 quote was including all the BS. With prices like this why would anyone in their right mind take a train? How many times does amtrak crash every year?

From southwest.com

Route SMF-SAN Dec 2nd
Fare $64.19
Taxes $8.31
PFC $4.50
9/11 Fee $2.50
Total $79.50

patient renter said...

We can't even pay for decent schools in this state

Seriously.

Anonymous said...

Oh come on, can't pay for decent schools in this state. So much of our budget goes to education. It is just run so poorly. We need to pay teachers more competitively, get rid of the ones who can't teach, and clean up the multiple layers of wasteful administration.
Also, the no child left behind needs to be abandoned. Let teachers teach. I think my education was much better in the 60's than my kids get today at Rio. I also taught high school math, but would never think of teaching again due to all the restrictions.

Anonymous said...

Schools need to be measured on their "through put" or "value added" instead of how well they polish the already cut diamonds.... Rio, Granite Bay, Folsom, Davis etc are lauded for high test scores, etc. but considering the quality of input (kids and money) they have no excuses. They are leaving many behind so they don't get counted.

The money game.

Sippn

Max said...

The money game.

If they get rid of one Vice Principal per high school in California, $1 billion will be saved per year.

patient renter said...

get rid of the ones who can't teach, and clean up the multiple layers of wasteful administration

This is the problem with state government and government in general, not just education.

Also, the no child left behind needs to be abandoned. Let teachers teach

Amen. It doesn't sound like that's on Obama's agenda though.

Rio, Granite Bay, Folsom, Davis etc are lauded for high test scores, etc. but considering the quality of input (kids

I don't know if I'd say "quality" of kids, but I imagine it's a lot easier to teach kids who generally speak the language they're taught in.

Darth Toll said...

RE: high speed rail. In GD1, many giant public works programs were implemented to get people working again and this may turn out to be similar. It's not clear to me if this will be a bad thing. IMHO, peak oil is a reality and will EVENTUALLY be a major problem, but probably not for several years. I also believe that peak oil had nothing to do with the huge oil bubble and spike - that was just a convenient reason for the commodity bulls to justify another senseless bubble.

Now actually is the right time to start planning large scale public works and infrastructure projects, before there is a REAL energy crises starts. And at least with programs like the rail program, we get SOMETHING for our money. Unlike the TARP and other bankster bailout programs where we get nothing for the money. Having said this, it could be easily argued that the state needs to pare down many other useless programs which truly are boondoggles and a waste of money.

smf said...

I am going to say this once:

My kids have us both parents who speak Spanish at home and Spanish to them. They all understand Spanish perfectly.

They only speak English to each other, and one has refused to speak it at all.

It has become literally impossible to us to keep them fluent in Spanish.

Bryan said...

I grew up in the same situation. Spanish at home, but otherwise smack in the middle of America. And although I remain fluent enough in Spanish, after about 4 or 5 years old, I'm pretty sure my English was better from then on. There was no stopping the TV.

But I think in more insular communities a higher degree of linguistic isolation is possible.

Anonymous said...

Woodcreek your comment about speed rail is a nonsense.Can you stop by Stockton SF or LA or other places with Southwest? Go to Europe or Japan and look around.High speed is the best California can do.Most stupid thing I saw in my life is commuting in the car from Sac to Bay area.And believe me I saw a lot of countries on all continents.

Bryan said...

I'll agree that's stupid, but you need to get out on a stupid tour if that's the most stupid thing you ever saw. The world abounds with much grander stupidities.

woodcreek said...

Woodcreek your comment about speed rail is a nonsense.Can you stop by Stockton SF or LA or other places with Southwest? Go to Europe or Japan and look around.High speed is the best California can do.Most stupid thing I saw in my life is commuting in the car from Sac to Bay area.And believe me I saw a lot of countries on all continents.


How is the fact that the airlines have simular fares and are twice as fast nonsense? Keep in mind the train rates are estimated. Odds are they will be higher or they will be kept low and subsidized by the tax payer - either way we lose. Also.. Europe and Japan doesn't have the suburban sprawl that california does. In Japan, you can take the train followed by local mass transit to reach your destination. Try doing that in LA.

In an ideal world I agree it would be great for California to have a high speed rail system but this state is quickly going bankrupt and we cant afford it right now.