Ed Rendell Is Cutting Back

17 Sep

He’s cutting the budget due to the economy:

Gov. Ed Rendell ordered an immediate hiring freeze, a ban on out-of-state travel and other spending cuts to save $200 million on Tuesday. He said the moves were needed to maintain a balanced budget as the weakening national economy starts to affect Pennsylvania.

“To make sure the commonwealth’s budget remains in balance, we need to reduce spending now,” Rendell said.

The hiring freeze will leave about 5,000 vacant state jobs unfilled, a Rendell spokesman said. The travel ban applies to state employees, board members and commissioners.

Terrific. It’s not like there’s actual work needed to be done with those unfilled jobs or anything. The government doesn’t really need to work ‘efficiently’, it just needs to exist! Don’t worry Ed, state workers are an easy target. Voters love it because all those state workers do are take hour-long breaks and spend your hard-earned tax dollars, am I right people?! They don’t provide ‘services’ or ‘oversight’ or garbage like that.


7 Responses to “Ed Rendell Is Cutting Back”

  1. RR September 17, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    Hey, who cares about PA JOBS, fiscal responsibility and vital services? Just give all those 5000 State employees jobs as ticket takers & security guards at the new Barnes Foundation in Center City. The Gov. can cut 200 mil off vital services and put 5000 jobs on hold, but he still can come up with the 132+ MILLION DOLLARS in PA State Funds for THE GOVENOR’S RICH ELITE FRIENDS (Pew/Fumo/Annenberg) to fund the wildly unpopular move of The Barnes 8 miles from Merion to center City. PA Governor turned Art Collector, Ed “Hermann Goering” Rendell is playing NERO fiddling with art on the parkway in Center City while the State is falling down around his ears. The Pew/Annenberg/Lenfest Cultural monopolies have all the money you could ever want, but the Governor wants to give them 132+ million of PA taxpayer money to move 20 Billion in Art closer to their Center City digs. There is a symbolic groundbreaking for the new facility in October and I bet they are getting nervous. This move is getting expensive for taxpayers and all we we ultimately get is another Steamtown-like failure with Philly having yet another art museum that no one attends. Some years ago, Rendell also got 80 mil for Lincoln Univ. to abdicate their right to administer the Barnes Foundation to the Pew/Annenberg interests- so this Barnesgate scam is topping 200 million in wasted taxpayer money. This is a ‘twofer’ for Fast Eddie. He gets to build PA’s Bridge To Nowhere and Pennsylvanias, with Rendell’s leadership, get to destroy Albert Barnes’ rich cultural contribution in the process. Keep the Barnes in Merion. Vote Morganelli for Att’y general to stop the Barnes Scam and for fiscal responsibility.

  2. Chris September 17, 2008 at 5:46 pm #

    Since when is the move of the Barnes ‘wildly unpopular’? I was in that neighborhood and most people were uninvested in a part-time museum.

  3. RR September 20, 2008 at 12:29 am #

    Abuse happens in secret Chris, so there hasn’t been too much discussion about this outside Philly; but it is wildly unpopular out in the World Chris.

    Check the pulse of the people writing intellligent articles about The Barnes Move – They are coming out against it. The Barnes Move/Barnes Tower fiasco will definitely get the taxpayers “invested” but will they or Art be better off?

    This ill-conceived commercialization of art by the “Public” Pew Trusts disregards the letter and spirit of the legacy of the Collector, Founder and Educator, Albert Barnes, and makes the Pew/Annenberg/Lenfest Trust and Philadelphians the laughingstock of Art World Sophisticates.

    The Barnes where is as is, is one of the greatest creations of the Irish Mind. And, in a month when the world is celebrating the Irish Mind, Philadelphians are proudly dismantling one of its greatest creations. Shame on them.

  4. RR September 20, 2008 at 1:03 am #

    If this were truly about Accessibility, . . . The solution for the accessibility issue is a monorail leaving for Merion Station Barnes Access Center from a Welcome/Orientation Center on the Parkway Site that would contain maybe archives, Ker Feal’s PA DUTCH & Antique Metalwork & Furniture, $30 mil in Ker Feal’s paintings & an introduction to the scope of the Collection in Merion. The Monorail could pass some other Philly sites like Fairmount Park, The Zoo & The Mann – giving visitors a truly scenic tour of Philadelphia. This would keep the Barnes in Merion & preserve the living lesson plan of the Father of Modern Higher Education in America, John Dewey, who taught epistemological reduction through the study of the aesthetic unity of Art, Architecture & Nature.
    This gives the Commonwealth a whole new museum – plus the Zoo and Merion get a shot in the arm.

  5. Chris September 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm #


  6. Lottery Larry September 22, 2008 at 4:57 pm #

    This is almost word-for-word what my company is doing for this last quarter.

    It’s not just gov’t workers who face these things, fyi

  7. Chris September 22, 2008 at 5:14 pm #

    You work?

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