The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal, Employees is unimpressed by Governor O’Malley’s plan to include them in his plan to balance the budget. The whining is more than a little unconvincing.
According to the Washington Post’s John Wagner:
The cuts, which affect about 40 state agencies, are an early attempt to
confront a deficit of nearly $1.5 billion next year. The $153 million in cuts
proposed by O’Malley represent about 1 percent of the general fund budget for
the state fiscal year that started July 1. In addition, O’Malley formally
announced savings of $60 million from the previous year’s budget that can be
used to address the looming deficit.
As a result of the cuts, 147 state government positions will be
eliminated, only 17 of which are currently filled, O’Malley said.
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According to 2006 data, Maryland has about 96,000 employees. In that context, the loss of 147 positions, the overwhelming majority of them not filled, doesn’t strine one as much of a sacrifice. But AFSCME is about jobs, political power, and patronage. It wouldn’t occur to them that they might actually have to pull their weight.