State tax collectors forced to take days off through Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough program for state workers won't be able to keep up with the work -- and may cost the state $1 billion in uncollected tax revenue.
The state faced a budget shortfall of over $20 billion this year, and any money lost will count against what will likely be another deficit next year.
The entire furlough program, including forced days off for employees of the tax equalization board, is only expected to save $1.3 billion.
So, 1.3 steps forward, one step back.
Jackson West can only sigh and exclaim, "Good times!"