Senate leaders recommend $14 million in cost cuts to avoid layoffs

first_imgSenate leadership today recommended over $14 million worth of savings in labor costs.  The Senate is opposed to Governor Douglas proposal to lay off an additional three hundred and twenty employees and asks the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA) and the Douglas Administration to move forward with negotiations.  Senate leadership has put forward the recommendations to the VSEA and the Administration and urges them to move forward with their negotiations.   The Senate’s recommendations include ten ongoing furlough days, freezing the cost-of-living increase and individual step increases in pay, cutting five media related administration positions, cutting private contracts and more.  The full proposal is attached to this email.   “State employees are gripped with fear, focusing on whether they will lose their positions instead of focusing on their jobs,” said Senator Illuzzi.  “Our hope is that by putting forward this proposal we will jumpstart the negotiations between the Administration and the VSEA.”Vermont state government has already made significant position reductions; in the last two years alone, over four hundred positions have been eliminated.  Additional reductions will significantly impact the state services that Vermonters are relying on and further strain our troubled unemployment fund.  While the legislature can not interfere directly with the negotiations, recommendations can be made for how the state can protect our hard working employees and save $14 million.   The Senate’s proposal would save the state over $14 million and alleviate the need to eliminate three hundred and twenty state employees. “Our goal with this proposal is to work together with all the parties concerned to ensure that three hundred and twenty Vermonters keep their jobs and the services that Vermonters are relying on stay intact,” said Senator Peter Shumlin. Source: Senator Shumlin’s Office. April, 16, 2009 AttachmentSize Senate personnel cuts.DOC46 KBlast_img read more

Mansfield school catchment secures tricky property sale

first_imgThis home at 204 Newnham Rd, Mount Gravatt East, sold for $581,982.A family desperate to get into the Mansfield school catchment have purchased this Mount Gravatt East home.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills sales consultant Brian Shin said 204 Newnham Rd home sold for $581,982 and is one of the more challenging homes he has had to market.“It’s on a main road and on a corner so it was particularly hard to sell,” Mr Shin said. “It is also fairly old and needs a lot of work.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The kitchen is a bit tired.Mr Shin said the buyers, a family, weren’t planning on renovating straight away, but wanted to get their child into the local school catchment.“They had been looking for a while but they wanted to send their son to the local school.”According to CoreLogic data, the median house price for Mount Gravatt East is $658,500, more than $76,000 over the price of this home.Mr Shin said his advice to sellers in the area was not to overcapitalise on their renovations.“Some people are spending a lot on renovations thinking they can get their money back, but that’s not always the case,” he said.“So I would urge them to make sure that they aren’t overcapitalising.”last_img read more