California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a four-day work week to reduce pay for state employees and other cuts, mostly in welfare and medical care for the poor.
Trimming the standard week would be the equivalent of a 5 percent pay cut, according to the Governor, saving $400 million a year for the desperate government of California.
Health care for the poor would also be cut back. It would take the biggest reduction, about $1.2 billion, with $1.1 billion sliced from welfare and care for the disabled.
The cuts though significant will not come close to closing the budget gap. The proposed cuts will amount $8.7 billion in total, but the estimated budget deficit is $15.7 billion for the coming fiscal year.
Actually, he’s only asking to cut two hours from the work week: 38 hours in four days instead of 40 hours in five.
But, of course, the most cost-effective, moral, and prosperous solution is to make it a zero-hour work week for all government workers. If something can’t be funded through voluntarily means, then it should not be funded at all.