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September 22, 2010 / jimnv

Gibbons’ Horse Problem

Gibbons was  trying to get on a horse yesterday afternoon. Something happened and the horse got spooked and kicked him in the chest as he was falling to the ground. What can I say except that horse has a good judgment of character and I hope it’s okay and not too traumatized.

My immediate thought was: Gibbons doesn’t have to worry about the cost of his medical care like most state employees because he can afford it.

Increased monthly premiums and higher deductibles have already put incredible financial pressure on employees who have had their wages frozen and then reduced by furloughs. The next fiscal year will be even worse.

FYI: About 60 percent of all  state employees make less than $50,000 and about 21 percent of all employees make less than $25,000. The average wage was about $44,000 in 2007.

See my posts, “The Truth: State Employee Wages Very Low” (September 17, 2010) and “State Employee Pay for 2007 – less than you think!” (March 5, 2009)

PS: I hope Gibbons gets better soon. His girlfriends are waiting.

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