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Veronica Sanchez, who works for the CalPERS pension fund, volunteered at her first-grade son's Sacramento school Friday, but grew anxious as she contemplated the $500 paycheck reduction the furlough would cost.
"It is very steep," Sanchez said, whose husband recently took a pay cut when he switched jobs. "We're even thinking of selling our second car because we can't make it."
Other state workers were likely headed to Lake Tahoe to take advantage of fresh snow and deeply discounted ski lift tickets.
"What better way to spend your furlough," asked a news release from Squaw Valley, which is offering $30 lift tickets to affected state workers.