Saturday, June 19, 2010

News Media Catches Government Job Cuts

The story of government job cuts has finally made it into the mainstream media now that official budget actions are taking place. “But now that they are into their third year of tax revenue declines, states have little choice but to shed workers.” Endangered species: Government worker.

From Kansas City Business Journal: Nixon will cut additional $300M, 250 jobs from Missouri budget. “The cuts are in addition to the $650 million in spending reductions and 1,000 job cuts Nixon and the General Assembly already have made . . .”

Las Animas County, Colorado, balanced its budget the hard way. From the Trinidad Times: County makes cuts in budget; Multiple county jobs eliminated.

It was the same story on a larger scale in Sacramento County, California. The Sacramento Bee: Budget ax to strike another 700-plus Sacramento County workers.

In New York State, “School library media specialists are being let go in droves in response to state budget cutbacks.” New York Teacher: School librarians feel pain of budget cuts.

Of course, the story is bigger in other countries. From WalesOnline, Tensions surface over the question of cuts.“The conference [of local councils] took place against a backdrop of thousands of threatened public sector job cuts in Wales and ahead of Chancellor George Osborne’s emergency budget on Tuesday, which is being awaited with trepidation.”

Large-scale teacher layoffs are likely across Alberta. From 660 News: “Tuesday night Calgary’s public school board announced it’s looking at letting go as many as 200 instructors this fall as part of efforts to offset a budget shortfall.” More money troubles for Calgary school boards. From the Calgary Herald: Alberta teachers bracing for larger class sizes as job cuts loom; 500 Alberta teachers may lose their jobs

Dow Jones Newswires, from London: UK Government Deficit Reduction Plan Could Mean 725,000 Job Cuts.