Gov. Paterson's move to furlough state employees weekly until a budget agreement is reached has sparked the expected court challenges. Early details here. Nationally, furloughs have turned trendy as a management tool for cutting costs without wholesale layoffs. In Hawaii, teachers protested furloughs through civil disobedience. In Red Bank N.J., officials told unions to agree to furloughs or face layoffs. These are just two of the most recent examples.