This is just too much. This is why the Dems need to raise your gas taxes, raise taxes on haircuts, eliminate exemption on clothing, yada, yada, etc., etc. The state begins paying out bonuses to some 30,000 workers, most of whom are union members, starting today. Bucket up my little mobsters, you’re just doing your patriotic duty.
State Sen. John McKinney blew the whistle on this one saying in an e-mail most people might consider this an April fools joke but the joke is on the Connecticut taxpayer.
Longevity pay is a form of compensation which rewards an employee for remaining with an employer beyond a certain period of time. Connecticut state employees begin receiving twice-a-year payments upon reaching 10 years of state service. They then receive increases in those payments after they reach 15, 20, and 25 years of service. The payments, which are provided in addition to cost of living adjustments, are issued in the April 1st and October 1st pay periods.
“It is important to note that these payments are based solely on a person’s years of service,” said Senator McKinney. “Job performance does not factor into the equation. You get your bonus no matter what. Given our unprecedented fiscal crisis, we can no longer afford these longevity payments.”
At a time when the Governor is calling for shared sacrifice to close a 3.5 billion dollar deficit and proposing a 2.8 trillion dollar tax increase, this is pretty outrageous. State employees get to share in the sacrifice of private sector work. Call your rep now.