Thursday, May 13, 2010


The latest from Albany appears to be that courts have blocked the governor's furlough plans for non-essential state workers. An earlier article details the original plan, which is at least on hold if not defunct.

Based on the statistics in that latter article, the furloughs would have resulted in a reduction in the average state worker's paycheck of about $270. This is on the same order of magnitude as the $600-per-household federal tax rebate check in 2001, and the 2008 checks, the latter of which phased out with income. The interesting thing about the furloughs is that those would have increased with income.