State employees say Bredesen can avoid layoffs

Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 12:55am
Staff Reports

The Tennessee State Employees Association on Monday outlined two steps that Gov. Phil Bredesen can take to avoid laying off state employees, as called for in his budget proposal.

While opposing any and all layoffs contained in the governor’s proposed budget, the TSEA says the loss of job can be avoided by:

— Devoting an adequate portion of the 2010-2011 Federal Recovery dollars to save state jobs, and;

— Taking $30 million out of the $585 million in the “Rainy Day” fund at the end of 2009-2010 fiscal year.

TSEA said it has more ideas from studying other states’ experiences in dealing with “last ditch” solutions, should recovery money or “Rainy Day” funds be unavailable.

“The long history of balancing the budget on the backs of state employees must stop,” TSEA President Phil Morson said.

TSEA is a nonprofit association existing to provide a strong unified voice with which it advocates the work-related interests of members. For more information, visit the Web site at


1 Comment on this post:

By: Kosh III on 6/2/09 at 9:37

It's raining. Use the Rainy Day fund. It would still have 555 million.

But it won't happen. Bredesen has been planning to act like GM and eliminate as many employees as possible, so he can afford to keep his overpaid upper management and he can still use his 9 million dollar party bunker to wine and dine the elite for "campaign donations."

Wait. Next year he will try to cut even more jobs.