"Kraus said the Douglas administration, despite its promise, has not met with labor leaders to work out a cost-savings plan that trims the state budget without putting people out of work."
"This is well-trod territory for state employees: Democrats giving Douglas the green light to cut workers based on a monetary target, not on ways to make government work more efficiently. The result? A body count, pure and simple, notes Kraus."
"But between 1999 and 2008, the number of classified employees grew by 19.2 percent while the number of exempt employees grew by 23.5 percent."
Shame the job cut ratio hasn’t reflected this reality.
If VSH Were To Be Recertified By Feds, Vermont Would Save The $9 Million-Plus Currently Being Spent By The State Due To Decertification. Yep. That’s $1.6 Million More Than The State Wants From State Employees To Balance The FY2010 Budget. Prayers & Finger Crosses Are Welcome!
Nice Reporting Here!
But based on a preliminary study by the state, it seems likely the $2.2 million counted as savings in the state budget will be reached, [Lydia] McIntire said.
"With all due respect to CCA, this court is at a loss as to how operating a prison could be considered anything less than a governmental function," Judge D. Michael Swiney wrote in the opinion.