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February 16, 2009

Paterson Secretly Showers Taxpayer Money on Staffers

No wonder New York's unelected governor has to tax everything conceivable — even including porn downloads:

Gov. Paterson has secretly granted raises of as much as 46 percent to more than a dozen staffers at a time when he has asked 130,000 state workers to give up 3 percent pay hikes because of the state's fiscal crisis, The Post has learned.
The startling pay hikes, costing about $250,000 annually, were granted after the governor's "emergency" declaration in August of a looming fiscal crisis that required the state to cut spending and impose a "hard" hiring freeze.
One raise was approved as recently as last month — when Paterson claimed the budget deficit had reached an unprecedented $15.5 billion. …
Disclosure of the secret pay hikes comes as Paterson is under attack for spending well over $20,000 in state funds on a four-day stay for himself and several aides during President Obama's inaugural last month, and for planning a state-funded junket to Davos, Switzerland, which he canceled only after his plans became public.
Paterson, in his budget proposal outlined in December, demanded that state workers who belong to the Civil Service Employees Association and the Public Employee Federation forgo negotiated, 3 percent pay hikes that would kick in April 1 or face massive layoffs.

They say that just as capitalism is the unequal distribution of wealth, socialism is, as Winston Churchill put it, "the equal sharing of misery." But when it comes to Party insiders, George Orwell was correct that "some animals are more equal than others."

On tips from Jacob C and Wiggins.

Posted by Van Helsing at February 16, 2009 10:37 AM

Comments

Its the BLIND leading the blind in Moonbat states like CA, NJ and NY (much more in NY for obvious reasons)

Posted by: OCTO MOM at February 16, 2009 11:40 AM

More Democratic sleaze, and this one belongs to me.

Posted by: Karin at February 16, 2009 3:01 PM

Why would u put a picture of the holocaus on google and pretend it did not happen????Did you have any relatives that died in the Holocaust?????Well I did!

Posted by: Anonymous at February 16, 2009 5:40 PM

Why would u put a picture of the holocaust on google and pretend it did not happen????Did you have any relatives that died in the Holocaust?????Well I did!

Posted by: Anonymous at February 16, 2009 5:40 PM

Blind, deaf to common sense and dumb as a sack of hammers.
But I have to say, the guy is doing what I though was impossible: making NY state even more inhospitable to business.
I don't know if he's taking after BO or Drinkins (who nearly ruined NYC).
Must be Drinkins since I don't think that Magoo is writing two (2..count 'em) two autobiographies, like BO did.

Not that Old Blind Pew isn't any less interested in himself.

Posted by: Fiberal at February 16, 2009 6:36 PM

Posted by: Anonymous at February 16, 2009 5:40 PM

Shouldn't you be out on a ledge somewhere?

Posted by: SK at February 16, 2009 7:04 PM

The article about Gov. patterson giving approx. 12 people in his administration raises of almost 46%-one last month! He's closing parks,laying off firemen and policemen,people are being laid off all over the state-people can't afford food, to pay their bills, or to go to the Dr if they're sick-how does our Gov. sleep at night?

Posted by: Andrea at February 16, 2009 8:09 PM