Tillis brags about "only" 7,000 jobs lost

Great editorial at the Asheville Citizen-Times

Tillis said only about 7,000 jobs could be cut among the 300,000 budgeted positions in state government and in public schools, community colleges and our university system.

Only 7,000?

That's still a pretty callous figure to be bragging about.

What's your favorite song to describe Thom Tillis's voodoo economics?

How about NC's own Nina Simone's version of Put a Spell on You?

Voodoo economics didn't work before, and it won't work now.

Cutting jobs to create jobs? Only through the looking glass...

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Republican budget in NC proposes to cut "only" about 7,000 jobs. This is being repeated in State after State, (including Texas, the "wonder state", controlled by Republicans for years). But when the next presidential election rolls around, those same Republicans will be blaming President Obama for the "hundreds of thousands of jobs lost" under his watch. And they just may succeed in their "big lie" strategy.

IMCurious2know

Some fuzzy math, for sure

Somewhere I read that NC has about 250,000 state employees. At $22.8 billion in spending, that relates to about $91,000 in spending for every employee. Of course, I realize that not every dollar goes to pay for employees, but that is just a good benchmark ratio to keep in mind.

The Republican plan to cut $2.5 billion, while cutting only 7000 jobs, is fuzzy math. That comes to over $350,000 per employee in savings. The ONLY way to explain that $350,000 per employee cut, vs $90,000 per current employee, is that the difference will come out of contracts for goods and services. That's hundreds of millions of dollars coming out of the pockets of hospitals, doctors offices, building and highway contractors, purveyors of paper and pens and computers and software and gasoline and automobiles and everything else that any business needs in order to operate -- to the tune of $1.8 billion.

No matter how you slice it -- whether it's 22,000 jobs or 7,000 jobs or somewhere between -- that's a huge chunk out of the state's economy.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

I may be wrong,

but for some reason the number 739,000 (state employees) comes to mind. Don't know where I got that.

Mathwise...

739,000 state employees....with a $22 billion state budget....less than $30,000 per employee....I know government employees are not well-paid..but ..

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR

That number may have been

associated with the health plan, with retirees and dependents thrown in there.

And in the "For What It's Worth" Department...

Here's the email I sent to my State Senator Ralph Hise NC-47 this morning:

Dear Senator Hise,

I am extremely troubled by the budget passed by the House earlier this week, and even more troubled by the remarks of Senator Berger to the effect that the House did not cut spending deeply enough.

Slashing education spending as passed by the House is a false economy, which in the short term will increase unemployment and stifle job growth, and in the long term will cause high-tech businesses to look elsewhere for an educated workforce. Recent polls show that North Carolinians overwhelmingly want to pay for quality public education instead of cutting the sales tax.

Come out, look us in the eye, and tell us exactly why cutting 15,000 jobs in the state's education system is a good idea. Tell us precisely how that will create jobs. Explain how North Carolina can compete and win in the 21st century world economy with political leadership that is taking us backward to 19th-century classrooms. Talk to parents in Buladean or Mars Hill or Ironduff or Pleasant Garden, and tell them why their kids' teachers aren't worth a penny.

Bob Dylan wrote that "you gotta serve somebody." You can serve the people of the 47th District who demand jobs and the education infrastructure necessary to create those jobs. Or you can kowtow to the Civitas/John Locke/Americans for Prosperity crowd who want to take North Carolina back to the days of the "haves" and "have-nots" and make North Carolina dead last in the nation in per-pupil spending.

Thank you for considering my opinion.

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The measure of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. - FDR