Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Here in Bizzaro World

I am so confused about what is going on in this country and definitely in this State.

NYS is in a financial crisis, and Gov. Patterson is cutting services that will only make it harder to live in this state, and even harder to live in this city. Hospitals, education budget, all being put on the chopping block, The MTA is threatening to raise the fairs AGAIN, because they are BROKE AGAIN (my monthly pass will be raised about 23%, but my Nana's access a ride will rise twice that and she's a senior citizen, WTF moment indeed!) So imagine my surprise when NY1 reported this:

NY1 Exclusive: Many State Senate Staffers Receive Hefty Salary Bumps

By: Josh Robin

An exclusive NY1 investigation found about three dozen aides of state senators whose salaries noticeably grew over the past three months. NY1's Josh Robin filed the following report.

To the victors go the spoils. Fresh from ousting Republicans from more than 40 years of state senate control, Democrats have dished out hundreds of thousands of dollars in raises to select staffers, even amid a fiscal crisis expected to require tax hikes and deep spending cuts.

A NY1 investigation found about three dozen aides saw their salaries grow in the past three months.

Among the aides is the deputy chief of staff for Nassau Senator Craig Johnson, whose salary climbed 63 percent, from $47,500 in 2008 to $77,500 this year.

The chief of staff for Bronx Senator Jeff Klein saw his wages grow by 36 percent, from $55,000 in 2008 to $75,000 this year. Four other people in Klein's office saw salary increases, but their positions stayed the same.

With their new majority, Democratic lawmakers say they and their staffs have gained new responsibilities. Johnson became a committee chairman and Klein has become the Senate's deputy majority leader.

"Remember, staff don't get paid for a Saturday and Sunday and overtime," said Senator Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. "So even a salary bump, if you had to pay them by the hour, they're being paid a whole lot less than what they're worth in terms of the time that they're putting in."

Johnson did not want to appear on camera.

"Their level of responsibility has only increased since January 7, so because of that, they are compensated in line with what the previous Republican majority was paying its staffers for similar duties," said Johnson spokesman Rich Azzopardi.

"My staff, you know, as well as I do, work 24/7," said Klein. "Now I'm the deputy majority leader, the number two senator in the state, so they automatically assume more responsibility."

As those responsibilities have grown for Democratic senators, so have the number of staffers, committee aides and central staff working for the Democrats. Meanwhile, resources for Republicans will be a fraction of what they were when they were in the majority.

To good government advocate Blair Horner of the New York Public Interest Research Group, that spells a troublesome, if familiar, Albany way of rewarding those in power.

"The Democrats are in charge, the shoe's on the other foot," says Horner. "They're gobbling up all the resources at the expense of the Republicans."

Democrats say they do plan to cut the Senate's $100 million budget by 10 percent overall, making fewer hires and taking other measures. But that is just a tiny amount in the face of the state's multi-billion dollar deficit.

See right there in the bold (look up), MULTI BILLION DOLLAR deficit, and you know where they expect to get more money, THE PEOPLE IN THE CITY! Yes the state is affected too, but the people that are residents of the city will feel it twice because according to the news the city government did a forecast and made SOME of the adjustments needed to help with the adjustment for the growing recession. A Deputy chief's salary jumping 63% since January, some people don't have that happen their entire working career, and he thinks its justified because he took on more responsibility, HUH? You thinks its justifiable to grant raises when you know your state bleeding? Hospitals closing, the transit infrastructure falling apart but hey what can they do with that money.

Rings of the same BS as AIG and their "honoring contracts" as the reason they had to grant these ridiculous bonuses. Speaking of which, Obama's people better get it together, how in the name of anything holy, did they think that granting crooks bonuses of this magnitude would not have the people with pitch forks in hand. DA HELL, I work in the same industry and I'm making sure my machete has a a sharp enough blade.

I really can't see how any of this makes any sense, this is indeed Bizzaro world.


RiPPa said...

Dang! You'd think they would have waited at least 6mths before they even did the bump up. This is not a good look especially when it comes to re-elections.

Brother OMi said...

vote they asses out in the next midterm election...

RiPPa said...

I heard Governor Patterson say this morning on The Tom Joyner Morning Show that the state of New York depends on 20% of their revenue coming from Wall St. But with the current state of affairs economically, Wall St is taking major losses right now which hurts the state hence the cut backs. Currently they're running a $15 billion deficit. New York, California and Michigan are hurting right now.

The F$%K it List said...

@Rippa (2xs) And that is only Wall Street, NYC residents carry the weight of this state taxes. Its ashame that no one thought better about giving themselves raises. I love my city but I'm exhausted with this mess. But just like Omi said I will make sure my vote is cast in November.

@Omi, you know I'm already starting my research on this mess. I will make sure to get the word out however I can. Its a shame!

Kitty said...

That's so ridiculous. But it's seems to be everywhere in the govt lately. shame..