Re “California’s lawmakers should have a surplus next year. Will they spend it or save it?” (sacbee.com, Nov. 15): A decade ago, I was a state worker who was forced to forgo pay and take a mandatory furlough when gross miscalculations of the highly-paid expert analysts managing the state budget left the state short of funds. So today's projection of a state budget surplus for the next fiscal year rubs salt in the wound. If only I had been getting from $110,000 to $128,000 a year like our treasured fiscal policy analysts do, a few days a week of no pay would have been painless.
Carl Schwartz, Sacramento
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