This week Gov. Dannel Malloy announced that he will invite Democratic and Republican legislative leadership to bipartisan budget talks, to try to come up with ways to cut government spending. This is a positive step, and hopefully the talks will bear some fruit. In that spirit, we have an idea they can all use: Reform government employee pay and benefits.
The study we released today, Unequal Pay: Public Vs. Private Sector Compensation in Connecticut, shows that state employees make an average of 25 to 46 percent more than private sector workers with similar skills and experience. This isn’t fair, and it isn’t sustainable. The study highlights one of the primary reasons for our budget crisis, and at the same time provides a concrete solution – it’s time to reform public sector pay and benefits.
It is not often that we find ourselves agreeing with Gov. Dannel Malloy, but he was right to veto the legislature’s efforts to put strict requirements on who can serve as the head of the State Department of Education. The state’s teachers unions were the primary proponents of the bill setting limits on a governor’s choice for education chief.
By 1 a.m. on June 30, most of the dark-suited lobbyists had left the Capitol building, as had the cheering union sympathizers wearing purple t-shirts inscribed with the words “Fight for $15.” In the House, lawmakers were just wrapping up the special session by voting 78-65 on the budget “implementer” – a huge, 686-page bill given to them just hours before it was called for a vote.
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Enough Is Enough – Last Chance to Tell Your Lawmaker Connecticut Cannot Afford Tax Increases by Suzanne Bates | May 29, 2015 | Tax and Budget | 0 comments With budget talks continuing behind closed doors, news is leaking out that a deal is imminent between Gov. Malloy and the ...