State Employee Bonuses Possible, But ...

State Employee Bonuses Possible, But Not Guaranteed - wtvr

There are 112 comments on the WTVR story from May 18, 2010, titled State Employee Bonuses Possible, But Not Guaranteed - wtvr. In it, WTVR reports that:

With six weeks left in the fiscal year, Virginia is bringing in more money than expected.

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Abby

Richmond, VA

#1 May 18, 2010
As a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I find this totally revolting. We have folks losing jobs, health insurance, homes and having to break up families to SURVIVE. Now we think our employees are due a bonus. Give me a break. Most of them wouldn't even make it in the private sector. This is when the state should be cutting back state employee pay, leave, vacation, holiday and all other benefits. Something is wrong with the big picture. No wonder the bloody country is on the way towards being another Greece.
mike

Richmond, VA

#2 May 18, 2010
I'm sorry, but don't we have a budget shortage? How about we save the money and help fix the budget deficit
Bunnyboo

Hopewell, VA

#3 May 18, 2010
As a state employee who hasn't had a raise or cost of living adjustment in three years while the cost of everything from health care to general living expenses has skyrocketed, the "bonus" is welcomed. Not that I will see much of it after Uncle Sam and state take their cut.

For the record, no one in my department and most of my co-workers make far below the $40,000 example stated in the story. So contrary to popular belief, the average Virginia state worker isn't living high on the hog with amazing benefits and paid for pensions like state workers in California, New York and New Jersey. We contribute to our retirement and pay for our health care.
Sammy

Richmond, VA

#4 May 18, 2010
Bunnyboo wrote:
As a state employee who hasn't had a raise or cost of living adjustment in three years while the cost of everything from health care to general living expenses has skyrocketed, the "bonus" is welcomed. Not that I will see much of it after Uncle Sam and state take their cut.
For the record, no one in my department and most of my co-workers make far below the $40,000 example stated in the story. So contrary to popular belief, the average Virginia state worker isn't living high on the hog with amazing benefits and paid for pensions like state workers in California, New York and New Jersey. We contribute to our retirement and pay for our health care.
" BS " Alert!!!!!!!!!!
You are talking about that bonus as if you already have it. All the proof we need.

BS
Hate Richmond

Richmond, VA

#5 May 18, 2010
we are in a recession, cutting jobs, and had a budget shortfall and now a surplus and want to give bonuses. State workers are some of the most overpaid people for the little work they do on a daily basis. I see it when I go into the department of taxation. The see three customers per employee per day and get paid. If this were in private industry, they would have to see 50 customers a day to keep their job and would see no bonus except the opportunity to keep the job you have. Put some six sigma and genworth sweat shop procedures in place in State government first
Sammy

Richmond, VA

#6 May 18, 2010
Bunnyboo wrote:
As a state employee who hasn't had a raise or cost of living adjustment in three years while the cost of everything from health care to general living expenses has skyrocketed, the "bonus" is welcomed. Not that I will see much of it after Uncle Sam and state take their cut.
For the record, no one in my department and most of my co-workers make far below the $40,000 example stated in the story. So contrary to popular belief, the average Virginia state worker isn't living high on the hog with amazing benefits and paid for pensions like state workers in California, New York and New Jersey. We contribute to our retirement and pay for our health care.
Bunnyboo??? Ahh never mind.

You left out that every one of you ingrates are eligible for a promotion but with the state mentality who is going to excel. Sorry BUNNYBOO but to many of us SEE the State employees at work to often to buy into your bunk. Your mentality is something you HAVE to buy into so you can live with yourself. So pull the covers up tight, toss and turn all night if you must, there is just to many people in this world with bigger problems and hearts than you. Sleep tight.
Joe

Richmond, VA

#7 May 18, 2010
Bunnyboo wrote:
As a state employee who hasn't had a raise or cost of living adjustment in three years while the cost of everything from health care to general living expenses has skyrocketed, the "bonus" is welcomed. Not that I will see much of it after Uncle Sam and state take their cut.
For the record, no one in my department and most of my co-workers make far below the $40,000 example stated in the story. So contrary to popular belief, the average Virginia state worker isn't living high on the hog with amazing benefits and paid for pensions like state workers in California, New York and New Jersey. We contribute to our retirement and pay for our health care.
Boo don't know about you, but I got one 2 years ago and I am a state employee!! You had a bad performamce rating!
not a teahead

Richmond, VA

#8 May 18, 2010
Abby wrote:
As a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I find this totally revolting. We have folks losing jobs, health insurance, homes and having to break up families to SURVIVE. Now we think our employees are due a bonus. Give me a break. Most of them wouldn't even make it in the private sector. This is when the state should be cutting back state employee pay, leave, vacation, holiday and all other benefits. Something is wrong with the big picture. No wonder the bloody country is on the way towards being another Greece.
Whats the matter, don't like it when state employees get a bonus for doing absolutely nothing to deserve it. Vote republican its easy to get a bonus for doing nothing.
not a teahead

Richmond, VA

#9 May 18, 2010
Bunnyboo wrote:
As a state employee who hasn't had a raise or cost of living adjustment in three years while the cost of everything from health care to general living expenses has skyrocketed, the "bonus" is welcomed. Not that I will see much of it after Uncle Sam and state take their cut.
For the record, no one in my department and most of my co-workers make far below the $40,000 example stated in the story. So contrary to popular belief, the average Virginia state worker isn't living high on the hog with amazing benefits and paid for pensions like state workers in California, New York and New Jersey. We contribute to our retirement and pay for our health care.
Maybe you're not living high on the hog, but its a hog still. Let some of that bacon come my way.

Since: Feb 10

Richmond, VA

#10 May 18, 2010
"For so long, state employees have gone without a raise," said Richmond State Senator Donald McEachin, D-9th. "Even though it's 'termed' a bonus, what it really entails is getting them the raises they so desperately deserve."

This is an example of how democrats think. The fool doesn't know the difference between a one time bonus and a raise.

And these idiots are in charge of the US budget? Too dumb to learn, too stupid to pity.

State employees last had a raise (cost of living increase) in December of 2006. NOTHING SINCE !!!!

The US Senate and Congress sure as Hell can't say that. And that is one reason incumbents are losing support and primaries every day.
not a teahead

Richmond, VA

#11 May 18, 2010
You teabaggers are dead set against giving them a bonus. Admit it you bums are for the rich.
Abby

Richmond, VA

#12 May 19, 2010
Bunnyboo wrote:
As a state employee who hasn't had a raise or cost of living adjustment in three years while the cost of everything from health care to general living expenses has skyrocketed, the "bonus" is welcomed. Not that I will see much of it after Uncle Sam and state take their cut.
For the record, no one in my department and most of my co-workers make far below the $40,000 example stated in the story. So contrary to popular belief, the average Virginia state worker isn't living high on the hog with amazing benefits and paid for pensions like state workers in California, New York and New Jersey. We contribute to our retirement and pay for our health care.
You guys are just lucky to have jobs. I certainly see no reason for raises given the economic problems this state/country face.
Abby

Richmond, VA

#13 May 19, 2010
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
Boo don't know about you, but I got one 2 years ago and I am a state employee!! You had a bad performamce rating!
...as did many. The bonus for the average person these days is having a job and benefits. Noone seems to GET IT.

Since: Feb 10

Richmond, VA

#14 May 19, 2010
not a teahead wrote:
You teabaggers are dead set against giving them a bonus. Admit it you bums are for the rich.
Just like the Liberats in Congress that are refusing to give Social Security recipients a cost of living raise nothead?

You are still an idiot!
Tom

Richmond, VA

#15 May 19, 2010
The Bonus isn't a bonus, it's a one time payout instead of a raise. This will be 4 years without a raise where the cost of living has exceeded that 3% for each of these 4 years. It's a tight budget for all of us, but unlike the federal government, the state needs to balance it's budget.
If you want to be angry, aim it at the federal government, many of who are still getting big raises and yearly bonuses that make the one time 3% state bonus seem like squat.(that is if you work for the area that supports the defense department)
And they do all this on debt borrowed from other countries.
If your angered by big spending, don't be upset at giving a one time cop out excuse for a raise to hard working and money tight state employees.
We're all suffering in this economy, it's not all about me.. it's about us.
Joe C

Chester, VA

#16 May 19, 2010
Hey Jughead read the news ,,,,the stae is cutting back on employee benifits. May 28th is a mandatory day off with no pay,better to thought a fool than open the mouth and prove it....
Abby wrote:
As a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, I find this totally revolting. We have folks losing jobs, health insurance, homes and having to break up families to SURVIVE. Now we think our employees are due a bonus. Give me a break. Most of them wouldn't even make it in the private sector. This is when the state should be cutting back state employee pay, leave, vacation, holiday and all other benefits. Something is wrong with the big picture. No wonder the bloody country is on the way towards being another Greece.
Joe C

Chester, VA

#17 May 19, 2010
HATE RICHMOND? I95 goes North you know see ya.
Hate Richmond wrote:
we are in a recession, cutting jobs, and had a budget shortfall and now a surplus and want to give bonuses. State workers are some of the most overpaid people for the little work they do on a daily basis. I see it when I go into the department of taxation. The see three customers per employee per day and get paid. If this were in private industry, they would have to see 50 customers a day to keep their job and would see no bonus except the opportunity to keep the job you have. Put some six sigma and genworth sweat shop procedures in place in State government first
Bull

Richmond, VA

#18 May 19, 2010
I am a state employee and can see both sides of this coin. A bonus would be so very welcome, but not at the risk of fellow employees losing their jobs. As to those of you who believe state employees are lazy, uneducated and overpaid - come do my job for a week. And live on my salary. Don't get me wrong, I do love my job, but it took a lot of hard work and years of experience and training to get here. Yes, the pay is lousy and the benefits barely qualify for the word, but I work with the children none of the rest of you want in your neighborhoods, and I try to make a difference - in their future and yours. So, until you have walked in my moccasins, keep your comments to yourself. Private industry pays better, but the compromise to conscience is not worth it. And yes, I am also very grateful to have a job.
Abby

Richmond, VA

#19 May 19, 2010
Joe C wrote:
Hey Jughead read the news ,,,,the stae is cutting back on employee benifits. May 28th is a mandatory day off with no pay,better to thought a fool than open the mouth and prove it....<quoted text>
Then you shouldn't have opened yours. The ENTIRE world is worried about financial collapse and deficits. Wake up - you obviously have no understanding of economics. Uneducated people should bite their tongues. Can you spell "deficit". Every city, state, country and company is struggling to stay afloat. That includes the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Since: Feb 10

Midlothian, VA

#20 May 19, 2010
Abby wrote:
<quoted text> Then you shouldn't have opened yours. The ENTIRE world is worried about financial collapse and deficits. Wake up - you obviously have no understanding of economics. Uneducated people should bite their tongues. Can you spell "deficit". Every city, state, country and company is struggling to stay afloat. That includes the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Yes, Virginia is struggling thanks to the lack of leadership for the previous 4 years under Dim Paine. I hope he is as successful as DNC as he was as governor.

His "signature" legislation is the unenforceable smoking ban in Virginia. Tim Kaine was, is, and always will be an idiot, as proven by his 4 years as governor.

Virginia improved 1000% when he left office. The Liberats can keep him. He did more than enough damage while he ran Virginia.

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