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I will try to get in some posts as soon as possible, but my internet connection has been down for days. I use ISDN a technology not in use for the internet for years and only about twice as fast as dial up at four times the cost. The PUC doesn’t regulate DSL, Cable, and there is no DSL or cable where I live. The cable companies don’t take calls from the public. The telephone company has already said they are never giving us DSL because we live in a poorly populated area. You can get DSL in Bagdhad, in Kosovo, Canada, but the local independents don’t have to serve the public.
Enough Ranting.

The budget is hungry. Foster kids have been an appetizer. Crippled and mentally challenged kids couldn’t move fast enough to get away and the Levinson center will be closed. To paraphrase a joke by the head of the appropriations committee in a hearing when listening to tales of broken promises by the State “Didn’t anyone tell you that a promise by the State is worthless?”. Cruel humor in these tough times. You are next.

Coming up is news about the almost certain hit in the health care plans for State Employees.
Ask yourself how much is too much?
Layoffs? Furlough Days? Contracts with no raises, again? I have been writing about this for nearly a year and it is coming our way. In this case I hate to be right.
There are some things you can do. The Union is going to do what they can.

If you are interested in taking care of yourself or of your family leave a comment. Show some interest. If no one cares about this crisis I won’t write about it.

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February 19th, 2008 Posted by narsbars | Uncategorized | 2 comments

2 Comments

  1. Having awaited a reply for more than three weeks from an MSEA/SEIU organizer, I begin to suspect that their connection is down, too.

    Is it true that the current contract protects employee healthcare benefits through June, 2009?

    Judging public sentiment from the papers’ letters to editors and online comments, legislators will be deluged with support for cutting at State employees. Rather than saving $60-$100 million by paring management as suggested by Brookings, line workers will be targeted. “Duck and cover” still isn’t a good defensive startegy.

    Comment by anameutrust | February 20, 2008

  2. McKernan’s henchmen were stupid enough to publicly dump their budget problems on the backs of hardworking state employees only to find the ever-grumbling Maine citizenry cry bloody murder when they couldn’t renew their driver’s licenses or pick up their well-deserved, hard-earned food stamps because state government was shut down.

    Baldacci’s brain surgeons are a bit more discreet by stealing it from our pockets well out of the public’s eye. Forcing us to pay more for what we have earned doesn’t have any impact on state services, so who cares? You can screw with state employees only so long before they jump ship and take jobs in the private sector making more money than ever possible in state government. Then we’re left with new state employees who make serious mistakes handing out those well-deserved food stamps.

    Yes, we see waste in State Government every day. Ask 100 state employees how to balance the budget and you will get 100 good, honest, workable suggestions. And they will all be fair to the people who keep state government running from one day to the next.

    Why is this so hard for Baldacci and the legislature to understand?

    Comment by Anonymous | February 23, 2008

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