Today, Governor Paterson will ask the State Legislature to approve furloughing 100,000 state workers one a day week until a budget is passed. (The budget is now 27 days overdue.) The Times Union reports, "With the state budget almost a month late, the furlough plan is the governor's new cash-saving proposal as talks with the Legislature continue to stalemate... Although details were still being worked out, state Budget Director Robert Megna estimated roughly 100,000 workers, or 70 percent of the state work force, would be subject to the furlough. Each day of furlough would save the state roughly $30 million, he added."

Of course, unions representing those employees think the plan is terrible. PEF President said, "Gov. David Paterson's proposal to furlough state employees is illegal ... We will take every action necessary to stop the governor's proposal," while CSEA President Danny Donohue simply called it, "Nuts."

According to NY1, "Governor David Paterson has proposed $620 million in additional state savings and asked Albany lawmakers to take up his proposed budget Wednesday by using a simple up-or-down vote." Paterson says legislators need to make more cuts and help the state move on. He added that if the budget isn't passed, he'll ask that state lawmakers work five days a week, instead of just three, in order to get one passed.