Remember how Ted Strickland Quoted Ronald Reagan During the State of the State?
The public sector is recession-proof:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Despite a major budget crisis that state leaders say forced them to make painful cost-cutting decisions, Ohio managed to reduce its payroll by only 1.5 percent last year.
The small reduction for state government contrasts with the private sector, where companies are lopping off chunks of employees’ pay and sending many to the unemployment line. Overall, wage and salary income, which includes both public and private sector jobs, is on pace to decline by 4.3 percent in Ohio for 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.[...]
Last year’s payroll decrease followed a disappointing 2.5 percent increase in workers’ pay from 2007 to 2008. The payroll jumped that year despite Strickland’s repeated calls on state agencies and elected officials to limit personnel spending.
The 2009 payroll figure, which the state released last month, was $3.24 billion, down from $3.29 billion in 2008.
As he travels around the state this year in his re-election campaign, Strickland surely will tout his success in downsizing the state government. He can also bring up the 5,000 jobs the state has shed since he took office in 2007.
But those cuts were offset by the agencies that increased their payroll last year.[...]
The Office of Budget and Management topped the list with more than a 50 percent increase, from an $8.5 million payroll in 2008 to a $13.3 million payroll last year.[...]
Another state agency with a higher payroll last year was the State Employment Relations Board. Its payroll jumped from $2.1 million to $2.9 million.
And public sector employees are often better paid their their private sector counterparts, especially when considering the extra benefits and generous pension plans that our state can’t afford and is already burning through billions of dollars in Federal loans that cannot be paid back.
If Ohio is going to improve its business climate, it would take a Gov. John Kasich who must be ready on day one to clean house, much like Gov. Christie in New Jersey. John sounds like the man for the job, which is why so many state and local government busybodies are already screaming bloody murder about his fiscally responsible proposals.
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