21,000 state employees on the chopping block

In case SEANC members are still unsure about which party is more concerned about them:

Hood says having more people in state jobs in North Carolina hasn’t always produced a higher level of service. “That’s why it makes sense to downsize the government workforce as part of a comprehensive strategy for closing the budget deficit,” he writes. Hood said he doesn’t “relish introducing more North Carolinians to the misfortune of unemployment.”

“There’s no doubt that reducing the government’s workforce will impose significant hardship on affected workers,” Hood writes. “In the long run, downsizing North Carolina’s government will benefit the vast majority of state residents.”

With friends like that...

Some wise words from Alexandra Forter Sirota of the BTC:

The N.C. Budget & Tax Center said more than 21,000 state employees across North Carolina would lose their jobs if the legislature reduced all departments’ budgets by 15 percent and education by 10 percent.

Director Alexandra Forter Sirota, who produced the N.C. Budget & Tax Center report, said such statewide job losses could “could devastate economic recovery” and “cripple the public structures vital for long-term growth.”

Local people in the private sector would lose jobs, too, she predicted, “due to the loss of contracts, as well as the decline in consumer spending resulting from newly unemployed workers reducing their purchases of goods and services.”

“Job creation has to be our leaders’ top priority,” Sirota said in a press release. “Preserving jobs and the vital public structures that support growth is absolutely fundamental to economic recovery.”

I have a feeling the Republicans are not as interested in an economic recovery as they are plowing up the field and planting a new, free market-based economy. As such, the unfulfilled needs created by ripping away all the services and infrastructure maintenance currently being supplied by state employees would allow private-sector, for-profit entities to step in and take their place.

It's not rocket science, and neither is the question of which party has the best interests of state employees at heart. It is the sign of the confused times that these truths must be reiterated and political maps reoriented, but we simply can't afford to wait until history straightens these misunderstandings out.

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I don't care who is in power

if they can cut the budget by $3-4 billion and not cut jobs of if they can come up with said $3-4 billion out of thin air.

So we can

So we can expect....
Criminals on the streets sooner or never going to prison at all.
Ten year old textbooks and computer labs that don't work in the schools.
Congested highways with potholes everywhere.

What else?

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Free market-based economy

I have a feeling the Republicans are not as interested in an economic recovery as they are plowing up the field and planting a new, free market-based economy.

Not to quibble, but the economy envisioned by "Republicans" is anything but free market-based. Instead, it is government in harness, towing the big business wagon, the wheels greased by unfettered campaign contributions.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

No doubt

I've said it before (but not in front of my mom), "They wouldn't know a free market if it sat on their face and farted."

Here we go ... again

It's not rocket science, and neither is the question of which party has the best interests of state employees at heart. It is the sign of the confused times that these truths must be reiterated and political maps reoriented, but we simply can't afford to wait until history straightens these misunderstandings out.

Quite sure most SEANC members know this but ... SEANC is a membership whose mission is to serve state employees and retired employees. There are Rs, Ds and UAs in the membership. Ever hear horror stories about secretaries in state government who were forced to change heir affiliation from D to R during Martin's Admin? Well it happened and some have not changed back. So, it is highly possibly the Republicans will address the health plan as in moving it to the executive branch so it can be managed. That would be a win for SEANC. Will they support collective bargaining? Of course not but no one expects them to, do they? As a membership organization you work on the wins you can get with the cards dealt. Now, remind me what Dems did for SEANC last session?

And, the state employees on the chopping block right now are the ones "reorganized" under the Governor's Plan.

Durham Dem

I'm not real happy

with the way Governor Perdue is conducting herself right now, but the plain fact is: The General Assembly constructs the Budget and appropriates the funds. The Governor is singing their song because she's afraid she'll lose power if she doesn't.

It's a bad approach that will (probably) result in her losing the Primary election, but she doesn't get that. Yet.

Democrats should show some more support for Police,

Firefighters, and Teachers. All this talk about generic "State employees" make people think about some anonymous bureaucrat pushing papers around in some forgotten State agency.