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Don't penalize state employees 

Atascadero

The legislators’ gridlock has created a complete mess. Hospitals nursing homes, and community health clinics are no longer being paid. Schools are trying to plan a new school year without knowing how many staff they will be able to keep. This is irresponsible. It has to stop.

State workers making $6.55 per hour are not going to be spending money in their communities and everyone is going to suffer. Haven’t we had enough foreclosures? At $6.55 an hour, how many state workers will lose their homes if a budget is not passed as soon as possible?

Most rank-and-file employees (like DMV workers) make between $2,500 to $3,000 a month and work very hard. Everyone thinks we are overpaid—we aren’t! City and county workers make much more and every year we settle for a measly 2 percent raise from the state. Then in January each year they raise our portion of the health benefit cost and we loose our raise.

[Governor] Arnold [Schwarzenegger] is being a bully. What do we state workers have to do with passing a budget? If any of us had the power to pass a budget, we’d be right there passing it. But instead, we are being held hostage by Arnold. It’s time to pass a budget before a lot of innocent people get hurt!!

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