Nearly 1-in-5 Oneida County employees – at least 310 workers — are scheduled to get raises of 10 percent or more in Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente’s proposed 2009 budget, an O-D comparison of this year’s and next year’s budgets found.I'm speechless . . . well . . . maybe not . . .
Picente pointed to what he called a brain drain from Upstate New York as young, educated people leave. He said he wanted to make it possible for good people to continue working in county government.It's nice that Mr. Picente wants to keep talented people with county government by paying them more. But the reason why there is a "brain drain" from Upstate New York, especially in Oneida County, is because government has driven out all the good private sector jobs by over taxation.
“This goes back to the whole global idea of keeping people here,” he said. “We have some of the most talented people in these positions, and they want to do government for a living.”
Household incomes in Oneida County are already significantly below the average found elsewhere. It should follow that government pay locally should also be below the average found elsewhere.
Hiking county salaries will require more taxation . . . which will drive more people in the private sector out of business . . . and further reduce household incomes and population.
If this area is to economically survive and start growing again, government must shrink. With what appears to be on the horizon for everyone, government employees will be thankful to just have their jobs.