The Dispatch is reporting a huge decline in state payroll costs that can be directly attributed to Governor Strickland working WITH Public Employee Unions to implement cost saving measures including eliminating raises for state workers and requiring employees to take unpaid furlough (aka Cost-Savings) days.

Overtime pay (down 1.4 percent), sick leave (down 7.1 percent), vacation (down 1.8 percent) and comp time (down 13.4 percent) all fell last year.

The biggest drop came in personal leave time, which was frozen by labor contracts signed two years ago. It declined nearly 74 percent, to less than $6 million from $21 million two years ago.

All this WITHOUT completely screwing over the unions.

So explain to me again why we need SB5?

 
  • leeseh

    Of course, they put it in the day AFTER a vote to destroy collective bargaining instead of before to show that it actually works. They would be the Columbus Disgrace if they did that!

  • leeseh

    Sorry — wouldn’t be the Columbus Disgrace!

  • adrienne

    Because the R’s hate people who work and who are in unions. They don’t have enough money to buy their own elected officials like the really rotten rich do. Because they like to push the little guy around for their real bosses, big corporations, CoC and again evil rich people.

  • adrienne

    Because the R’s hate people who work and who are in unions. They don’t have enough money to buy their own elected officials like the really rotten rich do. Because they like to push the little guy around for their real bosses, big corporations, CoC and again evil rich people.

  • Anonymous

    I heard someone put it well yesterday: Working people are the low-hanging fruit. It’s easiest to pick. You have to actually work to get the fruit that’s up high, and it’s scary up there.

  • leeseh

    FYI: I got this from the reporters who wrote the story when I e-mailed them about the timing.

    We got the data, which we requested in early January, Wednesday afternoon. This is not atypical of when the state has this ready (last year our story was Feb. 25). In the past it’s taken several days to turn this around since it involves data on some 65,000 people. We did it in one afternoon, on a day when several reporters were doing multiple stories. Other media organizations got the same information, and I haven’t seen any of them do a thing with it. Of course the bill passed the Senate yesterday but still must be approved by the House, whose 99 members all will have a chance to read our story (and a follow-up, probably on page 1, tomorrow). So if you’re angry at The Dispatch, I’d suggested it’s misplaced.

  • Natasha

    SB5 takes a few more shots at our armed forces veterans by removing the favorable consideration of military service now has for them when they choose to work in some public service.

    The Ohio GOP Senate must hate military veterans and went out of its way to remove the benefits now afforded them in these very limited public employment situations.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have a beef with the reporters – both do very good work. I don’t think there was a conspiracy of timing with this story, and I agree that it will be useful for House members preparing to call witnesses and ask good questions in committee – if any actual hearings are held. They really need to get the Kasich people in there to ask about their “analysis” that showed hypothetical cost savings with SB5 and pick apart what could have been achieved without it.

  • Anonymous

    Wel,l as most here believed all along the intent of SB5 is really much deeper than giving agencies and local governments “flexibility” to adjust to the lack of trickle down monies they can expect from our Galtian Overlords. The intent was to put a serious financial hurt on the Democratic Party. This combined with the “Citizens United Against Democracy” decision, will give the GOP a huge financial advantages for the foreseeable future.

    However….having been born here in America and living here my entire life I can state that if there is one thing that Americans cannot stand it is the feeling that they are being pushed around or dominated by overbearing forces. Doesn’t matter if its from the left or the right, if they get that helpless feeling that there is a certain group that can do anything they want to unrestrained, they will revolt via the voting booth against said group. The pendulum is always swinging. We’ve seen two huge pendulum swings back to back (2008 and 2010). I think we are about to see another one.

  • Ang_esq

    Anyway you look at it, they’re still unpaid. Tell me, come July 1, whether you’re able to predict which days of the following fiscal year that you will need off for sick, vacation and personal leave between July 1 and June 30?
    Incidentally, we weren’t given personal days for two years, so if you’re counting, that’s 14 days we lost each of the last 2 years.

  • Ang_esq

    Anyway you look at it, they’re still unpaid. Tell me, come July 1, whether you’re able to predict which days of the following fiscal year that you will need off for sick, vacation and personal leave between July 1 and June 30?
    Incidentally, we weren’t given personal days for two years, so if you’re counting, that’s 14 days we lost each of the last 2 years.

  • Annekarima

    Hmmm…in the infamous words to Jake in a Guy Ritchie film, “If you change the rules of what controls you, you will change the rules of what you control.”

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