Re "Report: California's furloughs driving up leave cash-out costs" (sacbee.com, March 14): I can't believe the Legislative Analyst's Office would suggest the state implement a "use it or lose it' policy regarding future leave accumulated by state employees. State employees earn sick and vacation days and, like wages, they can't be taken away under the current labor law. You would think that the LAO would be aware of labor laws. State employees are using accumulated furlough days instead of earned leave, resulting in an excess of earned leave. The approximately $5 billion saved by furloughing state employees will cost the state several times more than that in the future, and it's not the state employees fault.
-- Jacqui Naud, Sacramento