Finally, something important

In marked contrast to the foolishness and irrelevance that surrounds the controversy over who will be California’s next lieutenant governor, the California Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes just released this report, which explains how Governor Schwarzenegger’s furlough of 5,300 Franchise Tax Board employees will actually cost the state money:

“The Franchise Tax Board estimates that $465 million in taxes will be lost because furloughed workers will not be on the job to pursue the money through audits and collection efforts. That loss offsets by 28% the $1.66 billion in general fund money that the administration expects to save furloughing state workers two to three days a month.”

Hmmm… so the furloughs a theft of much needed tax revenue? Or are they a secret tax cut; a kind of a backdoor amnesty on audits?

That’s for the pundits to decide. Me, I just see the furloughs as yet another example of a state government that is only bipartisan where mismanagement and stupidity are concerned.

-Anthony Pignataro

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  1. EastBayLarry
    EastBayLarry 13 February, 2010, 08:59

    This is BS. You can’t tell me that an audit or collection scheduled to fall on a furlough day would just be dropped. Give me a break!

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  2. John Seiler
    John Seiler 13 February, 2010, 10:33

    Let’s make the furlough 7 days a week, 4 weeks a month, 12 months a year. Those folks work hard and need a break.

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  3. stevefromsacto
    stevefromsacto 15 February, 2010, 10:36

    Right you are, John. Throw all the FTB auditors and collections agents out of work. Let the rich run free and abuse the tax system. That’ll help the economy and the budget…NOT. That’s the same kind of thinking that the Bush administration used to deregulate everything in sight and allow the Bernie Madoffs and subprime scam artists to do their thing.

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