9/4/09

Layoffs

I'm curious...is the Union position, (and I am not saying I think it is right or wrong, as I understand their need to fulfil a commitment to their constituency,) winning just one more battle, or is it winning the war? Who are the real winners and losers here? Are there other alternatives the Governor could have tried?

7 comments:

  1. The Governor has been handed, by our heads-in-the-sand legislature, a very difficult situation. The General Assembly punted to the Governor a $68 million hole in the budget that they asked him to resolve, therby putting the heat for tough decisions on his back not theirs. Other states are wrestling with furloughs too. Union recalcitrance just leads to gridlock. I have read that the Governor has executive authority to force layoffs but we can certainly expect more court challenges. When the state suddenly admits that it can't meet payroll or other obligations, then we'll see just how bad things really are.

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  2. I think this has been the biggest black eye for the unions in recent memory. I just read the ProJo's poll on this and out of 1290 votes (so far), 67% come out on the Governor's side. This isn't about the state workers– it's about the failure of the General Assembly and the union leadership to get real.

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  3. This will resolve itself with both sides having played their parts as appropriate. Everything up to this point has been theatre.

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  4. you should really stop talking about things you have no clue about. It is embarrassing.

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  5. FACT: RI has roughly the same population as NH and twice the number of state employees.

    FACT: RI is already insolvent.

    FACT: RI "real" taxpayers have been leaving for years or working elsewhere and paying income taxes to other states.

    FACT: The state spends more money each year.

    I certainly hope the welfare class, illegals and state, county and munincipal workers enjot taxing each other.

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  6. State workers just don't get. Or at least their leaders don't. I have been laid off since May. If my company had given me the option to take 12 furlough days instead I would have been thrilled.I didn't make anywhere near the avg wage of state employees. It would have been a much bigger hardship for me than the state workers. But I would have still done it. One reason companies don't want to be here is because of high taxation, much of it going to pay these guys. Because they won't sacrifice a little, all the rest of us sacrfice much more. Thanks alot. Good luck to you when the only residents in this state will be state employees and everyone on welfare.

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  7. The answer that everyone is looking for is less gov't intervention fiscal and social across the nation. I have no idea why Rhode Island is so liberal, while everyone loves to complain about the politicians. For god's sake start voting independant or these gangs will continue to play both sides for the middle. Much the same as they always have. (politicians)

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