As a state employee, I am very disappointed with Governor Fletcher. I understood that he was going to be fair in coping with the state's economic crisis. However, that is not true.
The Herald Leader reported that Fletcher has hired 28 people with salaries over $100,000. In recent weeks, we learned that he is also proposing severe cuts to security and benefits of the ordinary state employee.
First, he is proposing putting employees on furlough, thus subjecting us to the prospect of political decisions for furloughs and retentions. Next, our yearly increment has been cut to 1 1/2 percent, if we have not worked too long. Then, it is a flat amount less than the 1 1/2 percent. Then, he has proposed decreasing our flexible benefits from a maximum of $250 to $100 subjecting a greater part of our income to taxation. Then, he has proposed raising the employee share for health insurance, and raising the deductibles and co-pays. At this point, I cannot even deduce how much I will lose with the governor's plan.