Times Argus Gives Thumbs Down To Legislature’s “Oversight”

"Legislative leaders owe the workers who got their pink slips on Friday an apology for what was either their carelessness or callousness."

It’s a bit of a mystery why lawmakers neglected to add the proper start date to a bill that would have – in theory – helped block the Douglas administration’s efforts to lay off state workers. The bill requires the administration to seek legislative approval before moving ahead with a significant number of layoffs. The layoffs were set to take effect last Friday (with another round this Friday, as well); unfortunately, lawmakers set the start date to block those layoffs for July 1.

Hence, two rounds of state employee layoffs so far.

Was it a stupid oversight or, as some posited, a lack of real concern for state workers on the part of lawmakers? Who knows. But it was careless and possible that these state workers lost their jobs because of the glitch.

State employees have been on a roller coaster ride for so many months, worrying one day about losing their jobs and hopeful the next that lawmakers will help them out. Legislative leaders owe the workers who got their pink slips on Friday an apology for what was either their carelessness or callousness.