Yup, we got your stupid right here, in a big steaming pile.
As I pointed out earlier, Wisconsin is going to furlough essentially all university employees for 8 days a year for the next two years. For faculty and many academic staff, it's a pure pay cut — our work loads won't change a whit, and we'll get 3-4% less pay.
The bizarre thing is that this applies also to people who earn no state money — an army of people funded on grants and gifts. UW will lose the work of many of them, the state will lose the tax on their income and — and here's your extra-crispy nugget of idiocy — we will lose a bunch of grant money. For many federal grants, budgets can be shuffled or money can be rolled over into next year. But on a whole set, PIs cannot do that. Such money, presumably, will be handed back to the federal government, private agency or donor. This isn't hypothetical; I know top-flight professionals who are funded entirely on such grants.
That's a lot of downside. Is there any actual upside?
To paraphrase Joan Hall on Whad'ya know?* last week, the people doing this are so stupid that they couldn't pour piss out of a boot if it had a hole in the toe and instructions on the heel.
Image from here — where there's plenty of stupid to go around.