Skip to comments.Daniels OKs bonuses up to $1,000 for each state employee
Posted on 07/15/2011 10:40:52 AM PDT by KeyLargo
the times Daniels OKs bonuses up to $1,000 for each state employee
By Dan Carden firstname.lastname@example.org, (317) 637-9078 | Posted: Friday, July 15, 2011 10:45 am
INDIANAPOLIS | State employees will be paid a bonus of up to $1,000 each for their efforts in helping Indiana amass a $1.2 billion budget surplus.
Gov. Mitch Daniels authorized the one-time payment on Friday to recognize employees he said have spent years doing more with less.
"There's not a state in the nation where state employees are more committed to efficiency and care with tax dollars than Indiana," Daniels said.
The "efficiency dividend payment" will be awarded based on each employee's quality assessment on his or her annual evaluation, with workers rated as "meets expectations" receiving $500, "exceeds" $750 and "outstanding" $1,000.
Daniels said about 90 percent of the 24,000 executive branch employees will receive a bonus. Indiana has 28,069 total employees
The bonus payment will cost the state approximately $20 million, but the Republican governor said that's just a fraction of the funds state employees have saved Indiana.
"I just can't tell you how proud I think every citizen should be of what this highly efficient, hardworking group of public servants has been doing the last few years and especially during the very difficult days of the last two years," Daniels said.
State Auditor Tim Berry reported Thursday that Indiana ended its 2011 budget year on June 30 with $1.2 billion in the bank.
Much of that money was returned from state agencies that left open positions unfilled and eliminated programs and services to keep Indiana in the black when state revenue cratered during the recession.
Revenue growth due to the improving economy has the state on pace to reach $1.4 billion in reserves by June 2013.
"Gov. Mitch Daniels authorized the one-time payment on Friday to recognize employees he said have spent years doing more with less.
"There's not a state in the nation where state employees are more committed to efficiency and care with tax dollars than Indiana," Daniels said."
There are not many states in the union that can make this statement.
I understand that Wisconsin, thanks to Governor Walker and the Republican legislators that stood up to the Union thugs, is now in the black.
May we borrow Daniels or Walker for a while?
Indiana should have given their employees a small raise and put the rest towards reducing state taxes.
There's something to be proud of.
I still don't understand why Gov. Daniels was savaged on the Right for just thinking about entering the presidential race yet we have the same people elevating the untried Michele Bachmann who has never had to balance a government budget in her life.
This is how your run a State.
Pres Zero....please p/u the white courtesy phone!!!
The employees did a good job saving money.
But that was money that the taxpayers overpaid so I think they should get a piece of the action also.
Any body can steal money from the neighbor on his right and give it to the neighbor on his left and look like a hero.
As an Indiana resident, I don’t have a problem with this. Daniels has done a very respectable job with our state budget, and I don’t have a problem with him creating this kind of incentive for state employees. (I’m NOT a state employee, BTW.)
No City, County, or State should ever have a "bonus" for that's the people's money and if those government entities keep it, they will merely find ways to spend it, ala Daniels "giving ......away money he has taxed others to give!"
Taking from Peter to "give away," no matter how "hard working" they are, to pay Paul, steals from Peter. There are no other words for it.
“Daniels has done a very respectable job with our state budget”
Yeah I’m not a big Daniels fan but I must say he has done a good job, I didn’t expect it to be that good. I liked his comments on the company that took over the toll road operation when it was going under, well we got paid, already have a road, so let them figure it out. As far as the bonus goes I’m sure those who get it have it coming. (Not a state employee either and I live in Indy.)
No matter how you categorize it the monies are still from the taxpayer. It seems to that a better public reward would be to give each employee a refund on their state taxes paid. Of course hard working non-public workers won’t get anything back on their taxes.
Doesn’t Wisconsin still have a big debt for prior years waste?
This has the Democrats almost apoplectic, because only those Hoosiers who actually pay taxes are entitled to a refund and the refund could reasonably be forecast to be paid next year, several months prior to the election.
I suspect that they do, but Wisconsin went from facing a large deficit this year to having a surplus.
There's also Midwestern Jealousy involved in this. The Snoot In The Air ScnadernoovianDeutschlander combine in the Upper Midwest just don't like the people they view as Hillbillies in the South (who, BTW, have the best universities ~ and Ohio State can certainly smack heads in Football eh!)
Just intracommunal hatred better known in India because they kill each other over it.
In the Midwest it's done as football, basketball and Chemistry Departments.
If we could just get them to relocate to North Dakota everybody would be happy ~ then there's Chicago ~
Good thing you were never my boss.
That money ought to go back to the taxpayers.
And as a reward for a job well done, productive employees would get to keep their great paying jobs and even better bennies.
That's a core Republican virtue you know.
Guess keeping their great pay and bennies isn't reward enough? If they wanna be paid what they're worth I gently suggest they work for the private sector and stop suckling off the gov't teat.
Performance pay is fine if you actually have competition.
Who’s Indiana’s competitor? Can Indiana’s residents choose to pay their taxes to a neighboring state instead?
I might even question the legality of this.
Giving away taxpayer money as a prize.
The original thinking was to make up for the lousy salaries, public sector workers would have job security for life. But that wasn't good enough. Now they want their job security, and better pay, and better bennies. If the folks made to pay for all this can't afford it, up theirs.
Last I checked, state employees in Indiana are still public sector, meaning they're not subject to market forces the way their private sector bretheren are. And they're still unionized. So, by definition, they still have a sweet deal.
That money should go back to the people who earned it.
Indiana state employees aren’t unionized.
I'm sure the bonus payments were all authorized by law.
Interesting that all those other states, like Mewzilla's, where they are unionized up the ying-yang, don't have a state surplus.
I think he should spend his time focusing on those other states.
Handing out prize money to government employees is simply buying votes with taxpayer money to which they never voted to do.
How is that any different than my governor taking "excess" tax dollars that the taxpayers are overcharged, by the way, to "give" it to some of "employees." aka State employees? Every government employee works for the taxpayer NOT that governor.
I'm not attempting to insult you but if you're a government employee, City, County or State, and there is money left after paying all of the bills due, that money rightfully belongs to those who paid it in the first place -- not the Governor nor the employees, who are after all, each and every one, employed by us, the taxpayers.
I'm afraid you are thinking of government as a private business, i.e. when businesses do very well and that is partly or even mostly due to the employees of that company, they are, if that business is doing well in an up economy, in many cases given "bonuses" at the end of the year.
All of that money is created by that business selling a product or service, NOT government, who create NOTHING, produce NOTHING.
What governments do is dream up problems for which they then dream up "solutions" (after which they've generally appointed a "task force") which require money to "produce."
It is at this time, they tax the citizens living in that area, to pay for the "solutions" and if the government has over-billed the taxpayers (monies belonging to the taxpayers, who paid it in the first place), that money rightfully belongs to those who were taxed in the first place.
As no governor in this country ever produces anything at all, that governor has no money to give a bonus to anyone, lest he/she take it from their own billfold in the first place.
End of subject.
The bonuses are within the budgetary authority passed by the state legislature. The employees performed as requested and the state has chosen to perform as it promised. The fact that Indiana has decided to pay its employees, in part, based upon performance is just one of the great things about this state; the fact that the state government has kept a bargain it made is another.
It's long since government couldn't figure out how to provide incentive or pro-pay to its employees.
I am sure Governor Daniels followed the law perfectly in granting these bonuses and nothing is out of order.
Now, in your state, where I'm pretty sure your political leadership has the same attitudes you do, the government employees are ruled with an iron fist and one step out of line ~ one black mark ~ and they get tossed in the ditch.
That's why the UMW and TEAMSTERS are representing your office clerks.
Mine, however, I have a bit of a problem:
government employees make far more than the average citizen of the state;
pay almost nil for both retirement, in which numerous employees are paid in that retirement than they ever did for the 20 years employment;
pay almost noting again for superior health insurance;
never fear being fired,
work average of 35 hr. weeks, have personal time, vacation time, sick time, maternity leave for both parents of government employees, then complain they are "grossly underpaid" for the work they perform, of course, they could leave the "sweat shops" and go get a job in the private sector.
Why would any of us complain?????
Not all would receive $1,000.
“The “efficiency dividend payment” will be awarded based on each employee’s quality assessment on his or her annual evaluation, with workers rated as “meets expectations” receiving $500, “exceeds” $750 and “outstanding” $1,000.
Daniels said about 90 percent of the 24,000 executive branch employees will receive a bonus. Indiana has 28,069 total employees”
According to the NJ Dept. of Personnel/NJ Civil Service Commission as of January 4th, 2008, there were 80,122 state employees
I doubt NJ has 3 times the population of Indiana
“I doubt NJ has 3 times the population of Indiana” U R correct. NJ is only about 1 1/2 times as many people as Indiana. Yet NJ has 3 times the state employees.
Population Population, 2010
Population Population, 2010 8,791,894
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