Back on April Fool’s Day the MEA-MFT, the union representing Montana’s public employees, organized a Big Circus Event on the Capital steps to protest the GOP lawmakers attempts at curtailing the ever increasing government spending. Of course this cut in spending would affect the very jobs of these public employees who are being asked to “tighten their belts and crackdown on wasteful spending”
The circus attendees watched as our governor pranced around the capitol steps like a trained circus pony brandishing his VETO branding iron he had special made to enhance his showboating. People sitting ringside watched the clowns perform and heard from various public sector speakers that bemoaned the fact that they were being unfairly singled out in these budget cuts and we were lead to believe they were representative of most Montanans that are “barely getting by”
Are they in fact representative of the “average” Montanan that is indeed “just barely getting by”?
The Rotunda Report had an entirely different view of this sideshow and issued a report a week or so after the big tent had been taken down which is reprinted below. Watch the video on the link above -- check these Rotunda facts --- tell us what you see.
After taxpayer resources, corruption, and trickery were used to organize a rally for more government spending on April 1, the Rotunda Report conducted a study of the groups involved in the rally.
The rally called for more money for state employees.
Our study revealed some surprising statistics about who, exactly, was demanding a pay raise.
The state employs more than 14,000 people.
The average Montanan makes $34,000 per year.
More than 70 percent of state employees make more than that.
Of those 14,000 state employees, about 700 are in Flathead County, and about 400 of them make more than the average Montanan.
Meanwhile, the unemployment rate in the Flathead area is over 14 percent.
The unemployment rate in the rest of Montana is over 7 percent.
And while more than 7 percent of Montanans are out of work, and the average Montanan who does work makes less than $35,000 per year, Brian Schweitzer pays Keith Kelly $96,000 per year… to keep track of how many Montanans are out of work.
Keith Kelly organizes rallies for state employees to demand a raise on time that’s been paid for with that $96,000 of taxpayer money.
Percentage of the state’s annual payroll that goes to Lewis and Clark County: 41 percent.
Percentage of state income taxes that come from Lewis and Clark County: 7 percent
So far in the whole fiscal year, the state general fund has expended $94.7 million more than deposited as revenue. In other words, since last July, we have been spending more than we make.
Since all that spending is paid for by the taxpayers, can we the taxpayers really afford to give a raise to people who by already make more than their employers — that is, the taxpayers?