Are state workers bearing too much of the budget pain?

Posted May 04, 2009, at 2:23 p.m.

Gov. Baldacci has said he wants to spread the pain of a budget shortfall around. The latest

group to feel the pain is state workers, who will have 24 furlough days (no work, no pay)

over the next two years. The state workers also will have to pay a portion of their health

insurance premiums. Is this fair? Should the governor instead be targeting high-paid

bureaucrats? Should he be eliminating entire departments? Or is this a reasonable

solution, saving state jobs while also saving some money? Or is it time to bite the bullet

and raise the sales tax by 1 percent for six months or a year?