Bottom Line: Up Front
Very Expensive & Unusual – The Governor negotiated Collective Bargaining Agreements for 2017-19 that are double the cost of any prior agreements. The result is nearly half of the state’s workforce receiving pay increases of more than 10% over the next two years.
Unnecessary? – Reports from the Governor’s own budget office show that Washington does a good job retaining employees. The turnover rate is well-below the national public sector average.
Huge Opportunity Cost – Budgeting is about priorities. For approximately half the cost of the CBAs, inroads on significant public policy issues could be made…
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20th District State Senator
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PO Box 40420
Olympia, WA 98504-0420
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In advance of the Governor’s budget submittal due in December, Sen. John Braun, R-Centralia, sent the attached letter to the director of the Office of Financial Management. The letter seeks to ensure that recent collective bargaining agreements (CBAs),that were conducted in secret, are financially feasible as required by law.
The cost of the CBAs total over $700 million from the state’s general fund in the next two years and more than $1.7 billion over the next four.
Braun points out “indefensible” budget decisions from the previous budget cycles collective bargaining agreements that:
- Reduced nursing home payments by over $100 million;
- Eliminated funding for “Safe Babies, Safe Moms”;
- Reduced breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings for low-income individuals by 15 percent;
And much more…
Read the full letter here.