Governor Paterson's latest idea to get out of the budget mess is furloughs. Instead of working 5 days a week, New York state workers will only work 4. The catch is they will only be paid for 4. This isn't sitting well with New York's unions, and understandably so. This amounts to a 20% pay cut for state employees. When you consider how wasteful NY state government is, this is a slap in the face to real workers. I think people will finally start paying attention to other area where government could cut costs (but hasn't). Remember two years ago, when Sam Hoyt and others were calling for an increase in salary on their $80,000/year part time jobs?