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Gov. Rick Snyder (R) vowing
forward with his plans to make
a dent in Michigan‘s middle class
with announcing cuts to state
employees today, for October 1st.
Michigan’s state employee ranks dropped by 12,000 employees during 2003-2009 under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s (D) leadership.
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A protester sign in Lansing, Michigan
during the first half of 2011
outlined Gov. Snyder’s vision for Michigan
According to the state’s budget office, the problem is state workers have had an increase in their total compensation packages, which they blame on pensions and benefits.
Ironically, all civil service employees hired since 1998 have partially funded their own retirement plans.
Under Former Governor John Engler (R), starting March 31, 1997 all state government employees were required to reserve a part of their own retirements, with a state match similar in the private sector of 3 to 5%, though either 401K or 453B defined contribution plans.
A budget report from Snyder’s office shows that between 2000-2009 state employee pay and benefits increased 42% from $43,450 to $62,237. In contrast, the average based corporate CEO based base pay increased during the same 10 years period on a ratio 300 to 1 in comparison to the America worker generally, civil serviced employed or private employee.
Meanwhile, the Snyder Administration ignores the facts of un-even pay disparities between Top Corporation CEO’s and state employees, by bring the focus back on middle-class Michiganders salaries.
“We want to work with our unions in a constructive way on the long term structural fixes so we don’t keep nickel and diming our employees with short term solutions over and over again,” said Gerlayn Lasher, Snyder’s communications director.
The state government can rescind layoffs when and if a deal to Gov. Snyder preference is reached with unions by October 1st.
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