Blog for Iowa: Are state budget cuts fair and reasonable?
Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa
The union members most affected by Governor Culver's ten percent
across-the-board state budget cuts will be the 40,000 state employees
represented mainly by AFSCME. However, the cuts announced on October
8, 2009, aren't solely a union issue. In addition to the thousands of
families who will find themselves added to the unemployment roster,
the cuts will add strain to the remaining workers -- union and
non-union alike -- by increasing their work loads to untenable levels.
The rest of Iowans will feel the effects by a marked reduction in
state services that some depend on, and most take for granted. On one
level, it makes perfect sense that when revenues are reduced, so must
spending be cut. However, cutting state services isn't the same as
cuts in the private sector. If there is less demand for widgets in the
private sector, fewer widgets are made and fewer widget-makers are