One step Governor-elect Brown could make to help tackles the state’s budget deficit would be to cut the wages of all public employees. When I checked his web-site and found the Democrat was soliciting suggestions, among the three I offered was one encouraging him to do just that, cut all income over $42,500 earned by public employees by 15%. (At the time, I thought the national median income was $42,500; it appears to be about $1,000 higher).
At the federal level, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, according to the Washington Examiner, is proposing a different kind of salary cut. He’s calling for
. . . a federal pay freeze a minimum first step toward what eventually should be a 10 percent cut across the board. If the GOP’s historic landslide victory in the 2010 election was about letting Washington know it’s time to rein in runaway government growth and put Main Street’s needs before those at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Chaffetz’s proposal is the least that can be done. It is also the right time to do it, when the public is genuinely fed up with the status quo. Given the nation’s economic woes, we would love to see the Washington establishment defend the idea that taxpayers should continue to subsidize government salaries inside the Beltway.
“Cuts in federal personnel,” Don Surber contends, seeing the Utah Republican and raising him . . .
. . . must be made. And they must be deep. And they must be painful.
The government is broke.
This is what bankrupt companies do.
Surber, via Instapundit. With Americans who toil in the private sector seeing their salaries cut across the country, it’s about time government workers share their pain. After all, it’s those of us who work in the private sector who are paying the salaries of those who work in the public sector.
Let’s hope our elected officials in Washington — and Sacramento — take this action to reduce the costs of government and to remind public employees that they are not immune to economic downturns.