This is a mess

Just in from the Detroit News:

A state panel on Friday deadlocked over a rule change that would have let state workers be laid off up to 20 days if there is a government shutdown.

The 2-2 vote of the bipartisan Civil Service Commission drew a standing ovation from state employees and complicated efforts by Gov. Jennifer Granholm to lay off workers if a budget deal is not reached by the time the new fiscal year starts Monday.

A rule change would have waived layoff notice requirements and other provisions in workers’ union contracts. The state now may not be able to lay off any workers for between two weeks and a month without violating contracts.

So, if we shut the government down — the state will get slammed with dozens of lawsuits from employees claiming breach of contract. If we don’t — more stalling on getting a deal done, and the state going further into debt each day. Ugh.


2 Responses to “This is a mess”

  1. September 28, 2007 at 11:37 am

    So the state violates the contracts but refuses to allow themselves to be sued. You can only sue the government with their permission.

  2. September 28, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    The Lansing State Journal called for our elected officials to follow the rules of the game a week before the Commission deadlocked. I had thought notices went out at the beginning of September, but obviously not since 35,000 state workers got their notices today.

    Bad enough the politicians can’t take care of the citizens they are elected to serve. Shame on them for the sheer posturing and politics represented by their behavior in this whole debacle. Double shame for being so callous to the state workers. Beyond being responsible for doing what’s right by the state workers and their contracts, Michigan voters need to remember the ineptness of the governor and the legislature and vote them all out of office. I’ll bet the next batch will be more interested in doing their jobs and serving their constituents.

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Graham Davis lives in Lansing, Michigan.

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