Government workers need to take a financial hit just like non-government workers have
Original post made by mk on Jun 9, 2009
"Given the economic crisis that all levels of government face, most state employees, county and other city workers are being asked to take one or two furlough days per month or a straight cut in salary. Private sector workers have had to absorb hefty pay and benefit cuts and layoffs. The city of Sacramento has asked its firefighters merely to delay a raise for a year, hardly a major sacrifice. Yet they have told the city "no."
Cities, counties and the state are in fiscal meltdown. Things are likely to get worse before they get better. Everyone on a government payroll, firefighters included, should be prepared to take a financial hit just as workers who don't work for government have been forced to do."
on Jun 9, 2009 at 8:51 pm
Government has grown big in terms of spending money on government employees. Government at all levels... city, county, state, federal. Politicians and administrators in the government cave to these people.
I believe the numbers are 1 government job per 4 private sector jobs. Now, if the 4 private sector jobs can not support paying taxes into the 1 government job, there should be NO government job any longer.
So, why do government employees think they can go on and on, raking in their union dictated salaries and benefits? When the private sector is really hurting and no taxes are flowing into the government honey pot? So, lay-offs are coming.
Of course, the politicians will lay off the very service workers that you, the private sector citizen really wants to keep, over the union-protected worker. That way they manipulate you and convince you to pay higher taxes, which you cannot afford. Schwarzenegger is our current poster child behaving this way.
on Jun 10, 2009 at 1:12 am
frank, as usual, you are right on target. Praise as well to the Sacramento Bee - great editorial.
on Jun 10, 2009 at 6:14 am
My husband is a civil servant for a nearby city, and I can honestly say that he has taken many furlough days through his 20 year career, and many years with no raises. They again are asking for furlough, which he will gladly take in order to keep his position and those of the men and women he has been working with for many years. My problem is that they are telling him he cannot utilize the hundreds of hours in vacation he has accumulated and not used to cover this time off. Shouldn't
I just wanted to say that it is the worker bees at these cities that keep it going, and not with huge "Pleasantonian" salaries. He sees much waste and has suggested consolodation, but to no avail. Sometimes these well educated individuals they put into management positions, do not really know what is going on out in the field, and make poor financial decisions. So we gladly take the "cut" in pay to save ours and others jobs, but please direct your comments to those that really need to take the hit, not the guys and girls you see working in your parks or on your streets.