What If They Closed Government and Nobody Noticed?
Dave Schuler reports that this is exactly what happened in his hometown of Chicago. The Monday furlough that was touted as a draconian way to cut the budget wound up hurting only the government employees who get screwed out of a day’s pay.
Dave suggests, “If this keeps up the people of Chicago may decide that a permanent 20% cut in the city’s payroll achieved by cutting the work week for city employees to four days and cutting their pay accordingly might not be a bad thing.”
I suspect most city services could be provided adequately with four-day staffing; indeed, most government agencies and even many businesses could probably gain efficiency by going to that model. The 20% pay cut, however, would surely sting.
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