What’s A Democrat Budget Cutter to Do? Advocates or Unions?

In a ProJo story about the impending state job layoffs instituted by Governor Carcieri, we are treated to a preview of the sort of tete a tete between the unions and various advocacy groups that will become common over the next few months.

Carcieri had been scheduled to meet with labor leaders this afternoon to discuss the layoffs and said he would broaden the discussion to include the state’s growing deficit.
“Once we get beyond the layoffs, what else do we want to give?” said Council 94 president Michael Downey. “No matter what we come up with, it’s not going to come close to $450 million.”
Downey said his employees are particularly troubled with the governor’s continued use of contract employees. Taking into account the reductions announced earlier in the month, roughly 450 would remain.
Downey also criticized the governor’s recent decision to hire a $130,000-a-year director of the state’s new Department of Revenue. “Conversations [with union members] would get easier if they weren’t constantly hiring people over $100,000,” he said.

But the Department of Revenue hiring was applauded by social-service advocates, who have long called on the governor to study the state’s tax structure.

“I’d like to hope that given the enormity of the problem that this year policymakers are going to be willing to sit down and take a hard look at revenues. No business would look at just slashing spending without looking at how well it’s generating profits,” said Kate Brewster, executive director of Rhode Island College’s Poverty Institute. “We call on the governor to sit down with us before he releases any major policy changes through the slash- and-burn approach, and hear our ideas.”

The unions and advocates are going to have to fight over a shrinking pot o’ gold. And neither they can do it without help from the Democrat legislature. So which way will the Democrat leadership go? Time for a refresher course in political calculus.

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16 years ago

Who would win in a cage match fight between Kate “Poverty Pimp” Brewster and Michael “Union Thug” Downey?
I think this is the year we’re going to find out.

16 years ago

This is going to be a fun time for the “righteous” in this state as maggots, moochers, looters and leftists of all stripes beat each other sensless trying to get the last spot on the helicopter.
Keep the popcorn handy!
In somewhat related news, the (normally)annoyingly prolix Marxist blogger Matt Jerzyk is in Day 6 of his complete silence regarding the $600 million reaping of the harvest brought on by decades of sowing by his fellow “progressives”.
Sort of reminds me of a couple of years ago when, with complete silence from Cuban media, the White Sox won their first World Series in decades on the arms of Cuban born escapees of Fidel’s prison island.
Viva Fidel!
Free Mumia!
Free Lori Berenson!
Power To The People!

Ragin' Rhode Islander
Ragin' Rhode Islander
16 years ago

Sounds like a merger is in order so that they can “speak” with a unified voice.
After all, SEIU already tried to unionize one component of welfare recipients, the “daycare workers.” Why not just “unionize” them all?
How does this sound:
The Amalgamated Welfare Queen, Bastard Child and Poverty Pimp Union, AFL-CIO.
“Joining our public sector union brother and sisters in representing working and non-working ‘families’ who are united by our mutual interest in feeding off of the public teat!”

16 years ago

Let’s see somebody offer up some Right to Work legislation, just for s’s and g’s. Not that I necessarily support it, but it might provide some entertainment and self-righteous furt from both sides at the next General Assembly session.

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