During this past fiscal year of 2016, our illustrious Governor Malloy (D) has brushed off all responsibility of the financial crisis our State is in. Between April and June 2016 he laid off 1,064 State Employees. He plans 2,000 more positions to be eliminated. and more budget cuts. All of this to cover his mismanaged $960 million deficit. That he created.
I’m not talking about froufrou State jobs like calling someone in to give the Governor a toilet seat filled with coins and dollar bills in his private bathroom. I’m not talking about dragging around a coffee and fruit & bagels cart on every floor, or cutting back from six assistants to only three. Not that those jobs aren’t important to the people who hold those jobs. I love coffee. That’s very well established. I love a great barista. And I would kill for a good assistant. But I’m talking about jobs that are providing services to people in dire need.
People that have disabilities are the ones who are suffering the most, with children and families not far behind. Aging population that have disabilities. When I say disabilities, I mean significant disabilities. Families and caretakers of disabled individuals. So, we’re talking about people who need and will need services like this for children, youth, young adults, adults, and aging adults:
- Sign language interpreters were just cut from services provided.
- Health care workers at UCONN Health Center
- Social Workers, already short staffed
- Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; mental health assistants; caseworkers;
- Department of Developmental Services
- Department of Children and Families
- Education Employees in several important Technical Schools
And just for fun…
- Department of GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY
- Department of Corrections
- The Judiciary Department
People like this young woman Jenny are being affected immediately. Dangerously. But Governor Malloy’s response is that while it’s unfair, it’s our state’s economic reality.
Connecticut’s largest health care workers union took to the airwaves Thursday to protest ongoing state employee layoffs.
The commercial launched by SEIU, New England 1199 and airing on Connecticut stations and the internet, features a woman, identified as Jenny, who is living with cerebral palsy.
In the 30-second spot, Jenny, who “speaks” using a computer that reads her eye signals, makes a direct appeal to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy to restore her state-appointed speech pathologist, identified only as “Mallory.”
“My name is Jenny,” she says to open the ad. “I was born with cerebral palsy. This computer is the only way I can communicate. Mallory is the only worker employed by the state of Connecticut who knew how to customize this computer so my voice can be heard. On May 3, Mallory was laid off. Governor, please bring back Mallory and all of the laid-off state workers. We need them.”
Malloy and the legislature built big savings in salary accounts across most state agencies into the $19.76 billion budget adopted last May for the fiscal year that began July 1. Officials cut spending more than $800 million below the level needed to maintain current services to craft a plan that does not increase taxes.
More than 250 of the speech pathologists and communications therapists New England 1199 represents at the Department of Developmental Services have received layoff notices.