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April 13, 2010 Poll Results

Do you agree with Gov. Paterson's decision to withhold a 4 percent negotiated pay raise for state workers because of the budget crisis?

No 36% 153 votes
Yes 63% 265 votes
Total: 418 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


April 14, 2010
9:36 a.m.

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Let's not live in a vacuum. I don't care what their union negotiated. The state doesn't have the money for the raises. Period. And when are the law makers going to take a pay cut? That's what I want to know.

April 14, 2010
12:14 p.m.

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Although I agree in part with what you said, "acostanzo", the real problem is not the 4% pay raise that the average workers should get based on their union negotiations... (and you said, "their union negotiated"... let me tell you that the managers also signed that contract and you can bet there were some give-backs in the contract or the managers would not have signed it, so THEY negotiated too!)... but rather the law makers themselves who refuse to give up their pay increases every year!

April 14, 2010
5:02 p.m.

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I vote 'yes' very hesitantly. I acknowledge that we really can't afford it, but it also punishes the common man. When we say "state workers," we're not just talking about our senators et al. We're talking right on down to the mail room clerk. These people, like all of us in the private sector, had no hand in dealing NY the deficit it has - that is on the higher ups in government. A 4% pay raise isn't much - much less than most people in the private sector get. It's not even a cost of living increase. What we need is the following:
1) Cut extraneous spending in the government. This does *not* mean straight-across withholding from health care and education, but it does mean determining what expenditures are necessary (like text books and tuition assistance) and what are not (like brand new football fields every year).
2) Pay cuts for upper level government officials. Paterson pulls in $179,000/year. I don't know about the rest of you, but that's more than seven times my own salary. If he gave up even a sixth of his earnings, he could still live more than comfortably, and he would be helping cut spending. And of course, this applies to all other government higher ups, as well.
3) Paterson needs to walk the walk, not just talk the talk. He's really good at stating the obvious, telling us we need to start spending less. We all already know this. Unfortunately, he then turns around and refuses to actually *do* anything intelligent about it. He refuses to accept any budget proposals, and refuses to listen to the people when they offer up ideas. He still collects a full paycheck, and still receives many taxpayer-paid-for benefits, along with the rest of our delegates.
4) No new taxes. Paterson seems to think the way to solve this fiscal crisis is to tax the heck out of everyone. He fails to grasp a very simple concept: we're still trying to recover for one of the worst recessions of our lifetimes. Where exactly does he believe we, the taxpayers, will get this extra money for these taxes, when many of us can barely make ends meet as it is?
5) No more bi-partisan voting. In other words, our legislature needs to stop voting along party lines simply for the sake of doing so. They need to look at the facts, and vote for what will actually help the people of New York.
6) The government needs to release - and make easily available - an itemized account of every penny the state takes in. Every last cent needs to be accounted for, and they must show the people of the state where it is going. If anything - even one red penny - is unaccounted for, there needs to be a federal investigation of where it has gone, and anyone in the government found to be using taxpayer money unlawfully needs to be prosecuted.

Only if these six things are done can we hope to recover the $9.2billion debt.

April 16, 2010
7:42 a.m.

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Instead of taking an earned raise away from low paid workers, lay off one or two of the political appointees at the top and save more money. Also, if state workers contract can be broken, so can the teachers.

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