In a Townhall.com article entitled NY governor planning for mass state worker layoffs Michael Virtanen writes:
Gov. David Paterson said Tuesday he’s putting together a plan that would lay off thousands of state government workers at the beginning of next year to help balance the state budget.
Paterson said he’ll direct state agencies to begin picking positions that could be eliminated starting Jan. 1.
That date marks the expiration of a no-layoffs pledge Paterson gave public employee unions last year in exchange for an agreement to reduce pension costs. It would also be the day he leaves office. A final decision on layoffs would fall to his successor.
“It’s the only way we’re going to get $250 million in work force reductions from public employees. … We are in the elementary stages of establishing a plan,” Paterson said. “The reality is right now it takes a long period of time to schedule the layoffs. I want this ready to go for the next governor.”
For fans of the New York nanny state and those living in the alternate universe of The Liberal Way…sorry, make that The Progressive Way this is what happens in my world. I’ll go slowly here and use as many one syllable words as I can. Here we go, when you spend more than you take in (we call this revenue) spending must be cut or our debt will go up to levels we will be unable to ever pay off.
In other words, when those expenditures exceed our ability to pay we must cut our spending to reflect the reality of our income. Kinda like what most of the outside-the-beltway-people have to do on a daily basis. If you need tips on how this is done we the people can show how. It’s a very simple concept called earn, spend, don’t over extend and save. Repeat the cycle religiously. This concept is the opposite of the city, county and state governments spend, tax, over extend, raise taxes and repeat as needed or the Federal Government’s unique system of tax, spend, borrow, spend, raise taxes, spend, print mo’ money, spend and repeat as needed.
Sorry for all of the two and three syllable words but you get my point. If you don’t understand this concept just ask your elected official for an explanation of the pay-as-you-go system and this should become clear to you.
If you still don’t understand just ask your elected official what position you should take on this budget thingy issue.
When your elected official tells you to stand two feet from their desk, place your hands on it and spread your legs you’ll know that they are doing the job you hired them to do.