Friday, March 19, 2010

Grand Rapids Fires Police, Firefighters; Keeps Parking Lot Sweepers

In a story that was the same time baffling and a bit funny, the City of Grand Rapids has decided to keep six full time parking lot attendants on the payroll, even though their jobs were replaced with automated parking lot machines. Here's a quote from the article:
"When automated ticketing machines took over her job, Grand Rapids Parking Facility Attendant Leah Leonhardt feared being laid off.

On Thursday, parking leaders agreed to a plan that would save her job and five other full-time positions, as well as scrap plans to privatize about 20 seasonal employees.

Now, Leonhardt spends her days shoveling snow, cleaning ramp decks, and collecting and counting cash, but that's fine with her.

So let me get this straight: The city fired 44 police officers and 25 firefighters, but has decided to keep 26 parking lot sweepers and other seasonal employees?

Oh, and of course the city is claiming that they need a $7 million tax hike in May, 100% of which will go straight to the city's underfunded pension plan.

What you're witnessing is the breakdown of government's ability to make rational decisions. Look for a lot more bad decisions as revenue continues to decline and unions press harder on their city government puppets to curry more favors, at our expense.

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