Search Iowa's political blogs

Google Custom Search

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Herd on the Hill: When is a pay freeze not a pay freeze?

Excerpted from this post at Herd on the Hill

Only in state government can a freeze on salaries mean a 4.5% increase
in pay. In February, of this year, the Governor agreed to give a $120
million pay increase to state employees. But wait, the headlines were
screaming that a pay freeze was going into effect for the upcoming
fiscal year. While private employers and employees in Iowa are
struggling to keep their doors open the Governor and legislative
Democrats continue to spend and spend and spend. Following the
announcement the Governor's team and his big labor buddies were
crowing that this was a contract both sides could be proud of. It was
also stated that this new contract reflected the current economic
realities facing the nation. Well that $120 million dollar pay
increase would go a long way to solving the nearly $1 billion budget
gap the Governor and legislative Democrats have created by their
reckless spending.

Labels: ,

<< Home

Mike Schramm
Andy Szal

Contact staff@iowapolitics.com with tips or news items for the blog.

An IowaPolitics.com round-up of excerpts from political blogs around the state.

See samples of IowaPolitics.com subscriber products

Take a no-obligation two-week free trial.

Contact Mike Schramm with questions about subscribing

Powered by Blogger

Site Meter