This is irony

May 6, 2009: Governor Jim Doyle declares May 6, 2009 as State Employee Recognition Day and thanks state workers for their superior efforts.

May 8, 2009: Governor Jim Doyle announces layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts for state employees.

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9 thoughts on “This is irony

  1. That’s not irony, that’s reality! You can love your family, but still might have to tell them you can’t afford to go to Disneyland this year.

  2. forgotmyscreenname, that’s not loving your family but telling them you can’t afford to go to Disneyland this year. What Gov. Doyle did would be more like loving your family but telling one of them they’re going to have to leave the family because you can’t afford to keep them around.

    There’s a big difference.

  3. Well most are just having to cut back and not receive raises (i.e. Disneyland). Okay maybe the family analogy isn’t the best.

    Yes some people will be losing their jobs. Do you suggest that state government should never cut back to preserve (or increase) the number of state jobs forever? To just keep people around so they aren’t unemployed? That’s not logical or efficent. That’s welfare.

  4. “Do you suggest that state government should never cut back to preserve (or increase) the number of state jobs forever? To just keep people around so they aren’t unemployed? That’s not logical or efficent. That’s welfare.”

    Being in HR, I’ve seen it happen. I’ve seen “Punch Card Operators” stay on the government roles wayyyyyy past the point of that position’s usefulness. Yes it was laziness. All someone had to do was change the position description, loose the head count, show the need for a new position, etc…. But no.

    bu⋅reauc⋅ra⋅cy by definition (MANY bureaus, many administrators) is redundant. Probably rightfully so; so that a new administration can’t come in and mess it all up in short order.

    Regardless, I’m certain that inefficiencies and redundancies could be exposed and dealt with.

  5. forgot, I’m not saying state government should never be cut; I’m just saying these cuts aren’t going to cut the fat (managers, administrators, etc.) as much as they should. Instead, the cuts will come from the bottom and work their way up, instead of starting at the top and working their way down.

  6. Please start anywhere, just start.

    The not-in-my-backyard protectionism especially of DOC is somewhat valid, but c’mon let’s get some real work done.

    chop, chop. Let’s go. while we’re young.

  7. Rich, I’m still waiting for some specific positions you’d like to see cut. Tell me what positions you see as being unnecessary within state government.

  8. Didn’t you see my previous eleoquent Ross Perot answer?

    Basically, I don’t know. But I bet Rick Raemisch knows where he could find some efficiency in DOC if we double-dog dared him.

    All other State Departments should similarly be audited (i.e. double-dog dared).

    Heck we are doing something similar with Minnesota right now to see where we can cut services between states. Let’s just do the same thing internally. BUT let’s have some REAL political will to actually CUT, not just put on a show.

    So, specifics? I’d leave that up to the experts.

    But I could be wrong. I admit that maybe every State Dept is perfect. It could happen.

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