Reader Hankster sends along this link to our Governor's effort to spare the feelings of state "workers":
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has already given state employees so much that he’s created multibillion-dollar holes in future budgets, despite the massive tax hikes he’s also pushed through.
And now he’s moving to protect the workers’ feelings.
With his latest executive order, the gov is doing away with the hurtful term “nonessential employee.”
It merely describes those not required to show up during severe weather and so on, but Malloy’s decided it’s “demeaning,” because “state employees should be valued and treated equally.”
So he’s replacing “essential” and “nonessential” with “Level One” and “Level Two” — which still sounds like two different classes, doesn’t it?
Even Connecticut’s AFL-CIO chief called the move “inconsequential” given “all the issues facing us today.”
The Nutmeg State’s 47,101 unionized full-time employees earn an average of $73,036; more than a fifth make six figures. And the gov’s gifts to labor in last year’s contracts forced him to slash school aid to (sort of) balance this year’s budget.