We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...the state's aggregate public sector employee compensation grew a robust 54 percent from 2000 to 2007, and another 13 percent from 2007 to 2010. For the decade from 2000 to 2010, it grew from $10.5 billion to $18.2 billion, or a whopping 73 percent.
Average compensation per worker reflects this dramatic dichotomy. In 2000, a private sector worker earned about $3,600, or 8 percent, more than a public sector employee. By 2009, the relationship had reversed: the average public sector employee out-earned his private sector counterpart by almost $9,000 or 15 percent.
The stumper of a question is what can be done to resuscitate a private sector stooping ever lower with this ever-weightier monkey on its back.
Well, we might start by segregating the "Class Apart" from the citizenry. Government employees and citizens are certainly not "in this together."
Well yeah. How exactly do you take back the pensions and other benefits guaranteed by contract for past work? Just take it all away from the retiree's? Or how about cutting back the benefits of state employees who might have had better benefits in earlier employment packages. How do you do that? Roll back salaries and benefits?
I've yet to have anybody explain exactly how that can be accomplished.
Leag .... You say "newly unemployed" boys and girls. Some of those folks got out of college and never did get employed. Unfortunately, because we have become such a picky society, many of these young folks with college degrees never did learn how to work. No summer jobs, like we had in years past. They missed out on the fun and self pride we got, because the jobs offered were too humble for them. I know that's not true of Bird Dog's 'pupettes' but that's the exception, not the rule.
Got to get employees' attention. A 25% salary cut would probably do it. Would be instructive to see how many decide to stay and compete within the smaller "labor" force. Eliminating entire government departments sounds good but would create hordes of unemployed. As to reduced benefits, we are all going to see what THAT feels like.
Well, the Guv has decided that he could "save jobs" by paying 55 mil to an insurance company to stay in CT, course no one told him that they were going to stay anyway until after he signed off on that turkey, the turkey.
Now, for his next trick, he's going to build a brand-spanking new dedicated bus road for about 570 mil that might carry a few more passengers than the regular street-bound buses carry now (200/day? 1000/Day?). One official explained: "The previous administration [Republican governor] already turned down the chance at Federal subsidies twice, if we didn't say , Yes, to this, they might not ever offer us money again" This will employ LOTS of union employees for a short time, but, Whoops!, the first contract was let out to a Massachusetts company! The stimated subsidy cost of this boondoggle will also escalate every year. The Repubs and conservative are joining with The Sierra Club to stop this, since they're going to invade some wetlands to build it.
More? There's lots more where this arrogant, socialist came from. After practically ruining Stamford, CT, he now gets to show what he can do to the whole State. Every week there's another story about a CT company moving out - they've had enough.