Re "Furloughs raise future budget cost by $1 billion" (Page A1, March 15): Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger forced state employees to loan the state one, two, and three days' pay since February 2009. The state pays it back when the employee uses leave time. Interest on the loan is whatever wage increases happen over the term of the loan. For most employees, this isn't much. Raises and promotions have been few and far between. What is newsworthy is that Schwarzenegger couldn't legally do what he did, the savings in each budget year were miniscule, and the furloughs served only to bolster the governor's macho image.
-- John Kwasnik, Sacramento