Tuesday, September 12, 2006

NJ Government Downsizing

From the Star Ledger:

Newark considering pink slips for 800

Up to 20 percent of Newark's municipal work force could be laid off due to a "savage structural deficit" in the city's budget, Mayor Cory Booker said.

"There are going to have to be major personnel reductions," Booker said yesterday after a 9/11 memorial service. "We are reviewing every way to recoup money and stop waste. At the end of the day, we have to spend less money, and that's personnel."

Booker said 10 to 20 percent of the city's 4,000-person work force -- between 400 and 800 employees -- could lose their jobs, but a final number won't be determined until several forensic audits are completed and the city embarks on its 2007 budget process.
With the 425 layoffs announced by the Newark Housing Authority two weeks ago, the potential for 1,200 layoffs at two of the largest employers of city residents has union leaders concerned.

"This is the middle class in this city. It provides jobs and decent wages and it's about to be hit again," said Rahaman Muhammad, president of Service Employees International Union Local 617. The union represents 600 city sanitation workers, crossing guards and 911 operators.
"The union's position is that layoffs would not be reasonable," said Mike James, president of Newark Council 21, the union that represents the city's white-collar workers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about pink slips for all the homeboys on welfare each month??


9/12/2006 05:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOw now,, the homeboys are entitled.

How about Watishi Johnson, who
has three kids without a husband.

She collects all her life,

lives in thay projects,but drives a leased caddy.

NJ the welfare state

9/12/2006 05:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Section 8 Housing.
Well here you have in Newark.
Has broke the bank.

9/12/2006 06:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a revolutionary idea, trying to recoup $ and stop waste. Can we send Trenton to Newark to sit down with Cory Booker. By the way, is Mike James, Pres. of Newark Council 21, the son of Sharpe???

BC Bob

9/12/2006 07:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12k newark employees, between
Trenton and Newark . Do the math,
is it about 45k employees.

Can anybody tell me if we are
overloaded with do nothing ,suck
the nipple , of the state and local
govs., employees.

How many could be eliminated and
never missed?

What a disgrace.

9/12/2006 08:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many could be eliminated and
never missed?

What a disgrace.

9/12/2006 09:11:17 AM

Right on the money!!! Did anybody have a problem when the state shut down??? That is besides the dreamers that play the lottery on their ss/disability payments.

BC Bob

9/12/2006 08:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Newarker said...

"How about pink slips for all the homeboys on welfare each month??"

Come, now. That's disingenuous of you. For once, real reform comes to Newark, and all you can do is make a tastless comment towards the city. Naturally, there's waste, but I could equally retort by mentioning the jobless hicks in Cumberland County, which, by the way, has a higher total crime rate than Essex. Instead of using this as yet another opportunity to kick Newark in the shins, how about some support for Mayor Booker? If he can't enact all the reforms he wants to, your tax dollars will keep coming here in the form of state aid. Suburbanites spurn the city at their peril. Remember when East Orange and Irvington were nice places to live?

9/12/2006 08:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right ,compare Newark
to Cumberland.

Let me ask the question:

HOw many of Newarks residents
are on Section 8 housing,verus
Cumberland County,and how many
employees does it take to

Get your shoeshine kit out and go
get the numbers.

9/12/2006 08:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His point was about tasteless comments. Not about cumberland vs Newark. He is right, we should be supportive of Mayor Booker and leave the ignorant remarks out.

9/12/2006 09:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of not on topic but this is a quote from AP.. I thought it was interesting

"From elementary school through college, the United States spends an average of $12,023 per student. That's higher than in all countries in the comparison except for Switzerland."

9/12/2006 09:29:00 AM  
Blogger grim said...

I think this move is positive, and I feel others should follow their lead.

However, I have doubts that this will ever happen. I'll believe the layoffs when I see them.


9/12/2006 11:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Gary said...

The homes in Irvington are amazing.

Big, big places for like $250K.

Too bad I'd never want to live there.

9/12/2006 12:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"tasteless comments"

So you are telling me, homeboys are not on welfare...lol.

Ever walk through Harlem above 125th?

ok, we are going off the RE topic.
sorry Grim.


9/12/2006 12:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As everybody knows the
home boys love to keep
them knocked up, so
they can share the proceeds of
they welfare check and other goodies that keep on coming.

9/12/2006 01:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a special a while back on a famous rapper who took his kids in a limo to pick up his welfare check for his girlfriend

9/12/2006 02:46:00 PM  
Anonymous O.B. said...

Please keep the racist and ignorant comments to yourselves.
Whatever happened to intellectual analysis of facts rather than spouting some tag line that simly shows you for what you are, a do-nothing talentless sideline commentator hack?

9/13/2006 12:44:00 PM  

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