As higher-paid employees leave state service, lower-paid employees take their places.
The raises are staggered through the year, on employee anniversary dates, and they don’t all happen July 1.
The number of employees has been reduced by layoffs and attrition.
The step increases don’t go to all workers – just classified employees.
Add those elements to the equation and the office says the step increases cost only $16 million. And since the debate was really about the impact on the state general fund – that portion is only $6.5 million.
That’s a little less than $83 million. And canceling the raise wouldn’t have done much to ease the $2.8 billion shortfall the state faced this year.
WA state employees pay an average of 12% of their health insurance premium, family and individual.That's WAY below what most public and private employees pay nationwide.
Well, your expectations are at least reasonable...
The left has crippled business in this country..
It has made government into a cradle to grave nanny, rather than an impartial referee. It has converted the dialogue from 'what do I owe my fellow citizens in civic duty' to 'what do my fellow citizens owe me in cash payments.'
To be sure, this isn't done out of malice.
Some on the left genuinely and inexplicably believe their own nonsense. Some are self interested and will grab at any justification for stealing from others for their own sustenance.
Some, like- well, you and Rujax and Goldy and Savage- are malicious vulgar children.
They don't do well in this society, so rather than adapt they throw childish temper tantrums and try to bring that society down out of sheer pettiness. Have fun trying, but I still believe there are enough adults in our country that you won't succeed.
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