The furloughs are law, even though many lawmakers think they will be overturned. Democrats in the Senate voted in lockstep in favor of the budget extender that includes the one day off a week. Of course the GOP had the option of sticking up for those CSEA workers who won't endorse them. Meanwhile Dems will say they had to do it to provent a shutdown of state operations.
Ninety percent of the lawmakers involved in this vote will be relected this fall.
While the parties functioned in lockstep as they do under our system, I can't help but wonder if one Democrat had said no....settle the budget now or shut the state down...Would that be reckless brinksmanship ? Or a courageous and bold move in the public interest ?
Pols reluctantly approve furloughing 100,000 state workers; labor groups file court challenge