Losing Money to Save It

In the Los Angeles Times today is a story about how furloughs at state prisons are not saving much money, and in some cases cost more than not furloughing an employee.

According to the Times:

Clark Kelso, the federally appointed prisons medical receiver, had
asked the Schwarzenegger administration for a furlough waiver but was
denied.

“We’re able to cover what otherwise would be the gap in personnel by
using overtime” and private nurses and doctors, Kelso said. The entire
$108 million in projected furlough savings has been wiped out,
according to the report.

I wrote about a similar problem in Stockton late last year.

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