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.