Skip to comments.Editorial: California just keeps on hiring
Posted on 08/06/2009 9:59:42 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
OVER THE PAST 12 months, California has lost 759,000 private industry jobs a 6.0 percent decline. Local governments lost 27,600 jobs, a drop of 1.5 percent over the same period. But it's a different story at the state level, where there has been an increase of 3.600 workers.
While some state services have increasing needs during a recession, one has to wonder how the state can justify increasing the size of its overall workforce in the face of a severe and unsolved budget crisis.
Economist Brian Wesbury with First Trust Advisors said it is amazing that California can hire more people with all of its budget problems. He added. "Every dollar the government spends is a dollar the private sector can't spend. The government must borrow or tax to get the money."
As California's budget deficit grew, the state actually increased the pace of its labor force expansion. Hiring accelerated in 2009 compared with 2008.
That is unconscionable, particularly when the state has raided local government sales tax and property tax revenues, including huge sums of redevelopment money.
Certainly local governments have social service obligations during a recession. But the state does not seem to consider the plight of cities and counties in difficult economic times.
Assembly Speaker Karen Bass said that local governments must share the pain with Sacramento. Why? Most local governments have done a far better job balancing their books in tough economic times.
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The Crux of the problem.
Overly generous pensions are to blame as well.
If we’re not cutting the size of government now, as it pulls us under like an anchor, when will we?
Easy to understand - the more state workers, the more union dues donated to Democrat politicans. The Dems in CA have turned public employment into a nice cash generating machine for themselves. Public employees embrace the scheme since their salary and benefits are so rich. Any real work that may get done is just a side-effect.
Same old socialist story. Those who worked, saved, were prudent, good stewards, etc, must be punished, to pay for those who spent like they printed their money. Thus achieving the to-be-expected result that no one bothers, and a whole economy is then destroyed, and the tyrannical socialist government makes its play to take over everything “for the common good”. They have more ways of doing this one thing.