The state and local government payroll slashing is just beginning. Hawaii is starting early.
Gov. David Ige has proposed 20% pay cuts for teachers and other public workers to help offset what is expected to be a collapse in state tax collections amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to public employee union leaders.
In a news conference this afternoon Ige said no final decision has been made yet on pay cuts or furloughs, but said said if pay reductions are imposed on public workers, he and his cabinet will take pay similar cuts in pay.
State lawmakers have already warned that public school teachers and other public employees will almost certainly have to forgo negotiated pay raises that were supposed to be funded by the Legislature this year, but the Ige proposal would impose actual pay cuts for the first time since the “furlough Fridays” of the Great Recession.
Ige’s proposal would impose a 20% salary cut on most public employees including teachers as early as May 1, and a 10% cut in pay for first responders such as police officers, firefighters, nurses, and emergency medical technicians.
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