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Even As Some Miami-Dade County Employees Receives Pink Slips: Reality Still Appears Hard to Grasp

When you are use to working with a government that has been known for such a long time as a “Government with an abundance of “Milk and Honey” it’s hard to conceptually accept that the government is now waiting along with many others in the food bank line.

Naturally, the employees of Miami-Dade County expect Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Board of County Commissioners and the Union Representatives to “pull the rabbit out of the hat” and make this nightmare go away. Unfortunately, this is not a dream and the nightmare is just beginning.

When the public think of government, they view it as the last safety net from the realities of a failed economy. They somehow can’t perceive a government that’s teetering on the brink of bankruptcy. What? The government can’t meet its responsibilities? How can that possibility be?

But it can’t meet its responsibilities! Because of the negative financial climate that’s not just in Miami-Dade County but virtually all the counties across this great land called the United States. It is a clear sign of the times and it’s not the exception to the rule but rather the rule. It is for all intense and purpose. “Our new reality and we must come to terms with it.

In the land of milk and honey, the honey has dried up and county government is left to take the milk and stretch it as far as humanely possible, with limits of course. Thus, the issue of the budget becomes a real reality, while consistently providing for 30,000+ employees with the monies that can only stretch to 25,000 employees.

Just as the real estate market begins to correct itself, so too must the government take corrective measures to correct its finances to maintain good fiscal health. It is not reality to maintain a workforce that was put in place to provide services for 25 individual cities, when 10 of the cities have decided to separate themselves from the county and start their own independent government.

As each city pulled away from the county; the county should have restructured its workforce but they didn’t and as more and more cities decided to incorporate, Miami-Dade County took a big hit financially, but failed to make the necessary corrections to its workforce.

Unfortunately, it’s time to make that painful and necessary correction. Miami-Dade County can no longer support its current workforce and must find a way to bring itself out of the red and back into the black.

Just about everyone has heard the expression, “You can’t squeeze blood out of turnips,” that’s a true expression. You can’t threaten to take the county to court for being broke!

Would you prefer that the county keep all the employees if their salaries were rolled back to minimum wages? That’s what former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger did when he realized that the federal government could not offer his state any assistance. Does that idea appeal to you? No! I thought not!

If you were Mayor of Miami-Dade County or the County Commissioners what would you do to solve the astronomical deficit that the county finds itself in?

“Don’t be part of the problem; rather be part of the solution!”


January 14, 2012 - Posted by | Community News | , , , , , , , , ,

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