VSEA Public Records Request Shows State’s RIFs Cause $2.4 Million Forfeiture Of Federal Money

"VSEA wonders if a more thoughtful approach to the State’s ad hoc gutting of services and positions might have prevented such a massive forfeiture of federal dollars. Certainly, this is money the State could use, and it’s also money that the State may never see again.” 

In Vermont Forfeiting $2.4 Million Federal Dollars
 
            A Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) public information request has provided the union with troubling information about the amount of federal money forfeited by the Douglas Administration as a result of its June position cuts.
            “VSEA went over the list of 123 employees provided to us by the State, and we discovered that the total annual savings achieved by the State with its June position RIFs was approximately $6 million,” explained VSEA Director Jes Kraus. “However, of that $6 million saved, roughly $2.4 million was money the federal government provided to Vermont to help pay some of the RIF’d employees’ salaries. In fact, the feds were paying as much as 75 percent of some RIF’d employees’ salaries. VSEA wonders if a more thoughtful approach to the State’s ad hoc gutting of services and positions might have prevented such a massive forfeiture of federal dollars. Certainly, this is money the State could use, and it’s also money that the State may never see again.” 
            VSEA is able to provide position titles and salary breakdowns to interested members of the press.
 
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