Power Breakfast: State ag workers get raises, TSA screening, Apple, Gulfstream, Buffett, GM, Walmart

It’s certainly not fiscally prudent.

State Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, retiring after more than 40 years in office, granted raises to more than 30 employees in October as the state continued through a prolonged period of budget cuts, AJC reporter Aaron Gould Sheinin writes.

An investigation by Channel 2 Action News and the AJC found that the employees all received 5 percent raises, while seven others who work for a subsidiary of the Department of Agriculture received raises between 9 percent and 19 percent. In all, 41 employees received pay increases at a cost to the state of more than $130,000 a year, Sheinin writes.

State employees have not have raises in three years of recessionary cutbacks, a period that has resulted in furlough days, departmental cutbacks and an overall statewide unemployment rate surpassing the national average.

Gary Black, the Republican successor to the top agriculture spot, said he will ask the employees to give back the money, Sheinin reports.

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9 comments Add your comment

Zinc

November 16th, 2010
6:10 am

And the public continues to crap on government employees. I personally saw my paycheck DECREASE by 8% last year due to furloughs. And that doesn’t take into account the 16% increase in benefits that reduced my take home pay.. No raises for 3 years, increased cost of benefits, furloughs that decreased paychecks and the AJC wants to write an inflammatory piece that an agency gave out raises?

I ask Aaron, Henry and everyone else…what do you want from the public sector? On one hand, you want it to act like the private sector. Where is the story about how many raises were given out at companies that received bailout money? What about companies that are laying off people but giving others raises? Funny how your head is in the sand.

What is the advantage to make public service your career? We all want competent, knowledgeable people in these positions yet we pile on whenever we can. They make less, benefits are shrinking, retirement eligibility is on the brink of changing…but hey, they get 3 extra holidays (rolls eyes). Government employees are nothing but a can being kicked down the road for most people.

TnGelding

November 16th, 2010
7:18 am

LOL, Gary Black! Outrageous, under the circumstances. Maybe Mr. Irvin would like to fund the raises out of his huge pension? But heck, he earned it just by showing up for work every day. I worked for the state and one year it was reported we didn’t get a raise. Problem is, the state started making the entire contribution to our pension plan, which was a backdoor raise in my book.

Road Scholar

November 16th, 2010
8:03 am

Zinc: You asked a question that the public can’t answer satisfactorily. They want prompt proffessional service w/o paying for it. They think that all state employees are worthless, until they ask for service, and, in most cases get it.

TnG: When did the state start making the entire payment into the pension system?

State Employee

November 16th, 2010
8:05 am

TnGelding, I’d like to know when did you work for the state and what agency? My pay stub certainly has deductions for a pension. Are you making things up? However, a person can enter the military at age 18, stay for twenty years, retire at age 38 and receive a lifelong pension having never contributed one red cent. Not all military members dodge bullets. Most NCOs I knew while I served walked around with a cup of coffee all day recovering from a hangover after getting plastered the night before at the NCO club. There use to be a joke whereby an NCO would walk to a junior enlisted and say, “Son hold out your hand,” while handing him a coffee cup, “Yep you’ll make fine NCO some day.”

GABorn

November 16th, 2010
9:16 am

State Employee, you obviously don’t have a clue about the military and haven’t served in combat. You were probably discharged under other than honorable conditions. Go do something for your country inside of sucking off the Georgia taxpayers.

GABorn

November 16th, 2010
9:19 am

Agriculture isn’t the only Department who has given raises. Mr. Brantley needs to do some research on some of the Executive Branches. He will find one has given raises in the thousands and at the same time getting rid of staff under the disguise of budget reductions. Scratch your head on that logic.

state employee

November 16th, 2010
10:37 am

WELL I HAVE NOT SEEN A RAISE AT ALL IN ALMOST 4 YEARS. AND I ONLY MAKE 15.000 A YEAR HOW HORRIBLY SAD :( I MADE THIS AMOUNT @ AGE 16 AND 17. THIS IS VERY UN-JUST THAT THE HAVES CONTINUE TO GET MORE AND THE HAVE-NOTS ABSOLUTLEY GET NOTHING. THE LOOKS OF ALL THIS I REALLY THINK THIS IS A PLAINTATION. BUT THE GREAT THING ABOUT THIS GOD NEVER HAVE LEFT MY SIDE/ HE NEVER SLUMBER ARE SLEEPS SO U UN-JUST HUMANS HAVE TO ANSWER TO GOD…

John Pistole

November 17th, 2010
8:02 pm

It should seem obvious to anyone who has lived in the USA for some time, that the government has been screwing us for years, now they just want to add foreplay to the mix.

Seriously, what kind of country have we become when we have to tell our government to keep its hands out of our underwear? Literally, that is what we have allowed liberty and freedom to atrophy to, a state where the government can take tax payers money and give it to the banks on Wall Street who have no legal right to tax payer funds, and a government that can demand to expose me to radiation and/or get my genitalia fondled by government employees.

Things have gone too far when they expect us to just roll over and whimper into our pillows while they rape us financially, emotionally and apparently, now physically.

Its go time boys and girls, if you beleive in this nation, its time to push back and let the government know once again that they only govern with the consent of the people.

Unknown

November 21st, 2010
8:12 am

It is sad how we (some state employees) have gotten the bad end of the stick. Some of us are forced to take on more responsibilities without raises. It is bad enough that health insurance has already gone up. And also it is crazy to have a surcharge for those people that smoke. If anything the surcharge should be added for people that abuse drugs. I can almost guarantee if every state employee was tested for drugs more than half may loose their jobs…by the way where is that surcharge money going anyway and how it is being used. No one has said nothing about that. There are alot of state workers that are paying the surcharge that don’t even smoke…to top it off Retirees that are already on a fixed income are getting it worse….medicaid and medicare cuts hurts our Retirees more than I think anyone can ever know. For the Retirees that did work and actually earn their paychecks are getting slapped in the face along with the rest of us as far as I’m concerned.We need to research who we are electing into offices of authority…there are strength in numbers but no one cares about that. The majority of people only care about what they can get while neglecting the welfare of everyone else that are impacted by some of the decisions that are made….smh.