We’re not fans of career politicians.
After a few terms in office, many officials seem to be more in tune with administrative staff, lobbyists, public unions and other professional politicians as opposed to their constituents.
That said we were pleasantly surprised that Gov. Sam Brownback, who served about 15 years in the Senate, recognized that public sector jobs have outpaced the private sector in the last 10 years.
“We can’t keep moving forward as a state with a growing government and a shrinking private sector,” Gov. Brownback said. “That’s not sustainable,” he says in a Kansas Department of Commerce press release.
Amen.
When the few support the many, the economy wobbles like an upside down pyramid.
Gov. Brownback also announced that more than 3,000 private sector jobs have been created in Kansas this year, according to the KDOC. A list of jobs was handed out at a news conference, but what was apparently left unsaid is specific information as to wage, benefits or what tax incentives were given to create these jobs.
A job isn’t a job, isn’t a job, isn’t a job.
Does it pay a livable wage?
Are any benefits included?
Is it full-time or part-time?
Why do we have to abate taxes to “lure” jobs to Kansas. If taxes are too high for large business; they’re too high for everyone.
And while public sector associations, consultants and advocates consistently complain jobs are lost to the private sector due to better pay and benefits, the inequality in job growth seems to undermine that assumption.
More people are going to the public sector for employment.
Why?
Unions.
Better pay; better benefits; effective lobbying; more stability.
Taxpayer funded associations.
Again, better pay; better benefits; effective lobbying; more stability.
Private sector union membership has decreased just as public sector membership has increased.
Can you imagine if fast food workers, or big box retail associates, were unionized?
Say goodbye to low prices, open all night and holiday service.
Think, instead, buying car tags, getting a drivers license or mailing a holiday package at the post office.
Government entities – cities, counties, schools, et al – need to quit manufacturing “want” lists that grow government.
Focus needs to be on the basics; the nuts and bolts of safety, transportation and infrastructure.
Brownback said at a news conference he was working to “right-size” government. That’s a good step in the right direction, and we hope local government entities, follow suit as they plan their budgets.