Layoffs in State-Local Governments But Not Federal Employees

Towns, cities, and states across America are laying off employees because of budget cuts. As examples:

  • In Minnesota, even after 22,000 government workers were hit with layoff notices, the state government closed down because Democratic Governor Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders failed to reach agreement on a $5 billion budget deficit.
  • On July 5, 2011, St. Petersburg Times reports that Florida is laying off 1,300 state employees, many of whom earned less than $30,000 a year. Among them is Toni Gugliotta, a Florida Highway Patrol community service officer who directed traffic and investigated minor crashes.

Toni Gugliotta is consoled by Florida Highway Patrol Captain Michelle Venero

  • The state of Connecticut is looking at massive layoffs. On June 30, 2011, state legislators gave Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat, dramatically expanded authority to make radical cuts to programs and employment. That could add another 1,000 job losses to the 6,500 already proposed by Malloy.
  • This morning, CBS News reports that the small East Texas town of Alto, population 1,200, has laid off its entire police force of 5 after the city council cut the police budget to zero to make up for a $185,000 budget deficit.

But none of this affects the federal government, including Michelle Obama’s 1.25 million dollars a year staff. (For a list of names and their salaries, see my post from last year, “Queen Michelle’s $1.25 Million Staff“.)

Not only are federal government employees paid better than their counterparts in the private sector (USA Today found that in 2009, federal civilian employees received an average salary of $81,258 and benefits worth $41,791, whereas private-sector workers got $50,462 in pay and $10,589 in benefits), the number of federal workers earning salaries of $150,000 or more has doubled under Obama.

Which is really odd because back in November 2010, Obama had proposed a two-year pay freeze for federal civilian employees! He grandly said at the time: “The hard truth is that getting this deficit under control is going to require some broad sacrifices, and that sacrifice must be shared by the employees of the federal government.”

After Congress gave its approval, Obama signed the pay freeze into law on December 22, 2010.

Then we found out that the “pay freeze” is a limited one. Obama’s proposal would stop across-the-board pay hikes set for January 2011 and January 2012, but many federal workers will receive other pay hikes — longevity increases (called steps), promotions in grade, bonuses, overtime and other cash payments.

Then we found out that employees of the legislative branch are exempt!

Instead of trimming the bloated federal bureaucracy, the number of federal government employees actually increased under Obama to 2.15 million at the end of 2010. Washington Post calls it “the largest federal work force in modern history.”

Worse yet, the number of limos owned by the federal government increased by 73% during the first two years of the Obama administration, according to an analysis of records by iWatch News. Most of the increase was recorded in Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

There’s a reason why they’re called “Limousine Liberals”!

UPDATE (7.7.11):

Surprise! Obama’s pay freeze proposal was just another one of his lies. The pay freeze didn’t affect the White House staff who, the last time I checked, are federal government employees.

Most staffers who were at the White House for more than a year got a salary bump: 75% from 2009 to 2010, and 54% (or 146 individuals) from 2010 to 2011. The average salary increase was 8%. If you look at only staffers who got raises, the average increase was twice that. [Source]

~Eowyn

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Voting Demo-rat does many a lazy federal bureaucrat good!

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THIS IS TOTAL BS. MY HUSBAND WORKS FOR THE DEPT. OF DEFENSE AS A FEDERAL EMPLOYEE. HIS SALARY IS FROZEN, AND NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO THEY DID NOT GET A RAISE. AND THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET A RAISE OR COLA IN THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE.
FURTHER I SURE WISH SOMEONE WOULD SHOW ME THE 41, O00 IN BENEFITS. tHOSE RECEIVE THE SIX DIGIT SALARIES ARE SENIOR EXECUSTIVE SERIVCE ( HIGH LEVEL EMPLOYEES LIKE OBAMA’S CZARS. THE WRITER OF THIS NEEDS TO BE DRAWN AND QUARTERED.

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I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can see the former two-tiered society the former USSR was on the horizon and rapidly heading our way.

And I live in Georgia, not Alaska.

-Dave

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Do not forget the small government presidents, such as the Bush/Reagan, Bush I and Bush II administrations all saw the greatest expansions in federal employment as compared with their predecessors. Also, the liberal, allegedly tax and spend, saw similar increases. So, the lesson here is obvious. Get both Democrats and Republicans out of governing. Neither one keeps a campaign promise. There isn’t a dime’s difference between them. Let’s get real law abiding, government regulated by regulating government, shrinking the bloated, decrease the outrageous spending, ban the Bill of Rights violating, rid us of special interests, and make this nation the… Read more »

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I am a federal worker. I get paid $45,000 per year. I pay $365 per month for my health benefits. I get no dental or vision. I pay for my own long-term disability and life insurance. I contribute to my retirement through the TSP system. I DO get a pension – 1% per year. Currently I contribute to it, but it is minimal. What I have seen in the last ten years, is people like me, who aren’t considered “professionals” being weeded out, only to be replaced by “professionals” who are paid twice what I am paid, to do the… Read more »