What Can Your State Cut From Its Budget?

Hamilton Nolan · 02/07/11 05:18PM

Governors across America are finally acknowledging that deep, painful budget cuts are unavoidable. But there's no one-size-fits-all prescription for state budget cuts. That's so stupid! For patriotism, we've composed this highly specific listicle noting exactly what each state in the union can cut back on. Is your state included? (Yes.)

Cell Phones Are For Closers

Hamilton Nolan · 01/14/11 04:47PM

The Way We Live Now: cutting corners. Corners are expensive. You want a 90-degree angle? Pay up. Otherwise you get a ragged, crumbling edge, just like everyone else.

Hachette: Outsourcing Departments, Cutting Freelance Pay

Hamilton Nolan · 04/24/09 03:50PM

Just last week, Hachette cut pay across the board and increased work hours. Today employees got the memo below, telling them that "certain functions" in IT and finance are going to be outsourced by the end of the year. We also got a tip that Hachette is notifying freelancers that it's cutting their rates—by 3% in one case, although it may vary.

With Layoffs Looming, Is the "Google Magic" Gone?

Owen Thomas · 03/09/09 12:46PM

Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who spent much of last fall declaring the search engine unaffected by Wall Street's crisis, has admitted that the company is "not immune." But is he being honest about its plight?

Google Buys American for Friday Beer Bash

Owen Thomas · 02/15/09 06:00PM

International trade is what powers the modern, global economy! But Google's bean-counters have taken a horrid protectionist turn by insisting on domestic beer for the search engine's Friday "TGIF" events.

Fear and Loathing on the Google Shuttle

Owen Thomas · 02/13/09 04:24PM

Googlers, used to being coddled by the luxuries of the Googleplex, now worry they'll have to pay to ride the company shuttle bus. It's the latest sign of the giant search engine's nervous breakdown.

Google Cuts Off Its Big-Media Dreams

Owen Thomas · 02/12/09 05:40PM

Like Napoleon marching into an abandoned Moscow, Larry Page and Sergey Brin have led Google's advance into traditional advertising only to find nothing to loot. Now begins Google's long imperial retreat, starting with 40 layoffs.

Cisco, the Best Lousy Place to Work

Owen Thomas · 02/12/09 12:58PM

How did Fortune decide Cisco was near the top of its "Best Places to Work" list? An unhappy tipster at the networking-equipment maker leaked this report from a company meeting happening now: