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Laying off public employees harms the private sector, too

Late last week — in response to public sector layoffs driving our unemployment rate near 10 percent — NC GOP Chairman Robin Hayes said he hoped more layoffs were coming for state workers.

This is bad economics, based on ideology rather than reality. The last thing unemployed private sector workers need is unemployed public sector workers to compete with, and the last thing North Carolina businesses need is fewer customers with money to spend.

The NC Budget & Tax Center has issued a statement explaining why joblessness in the public sector is awful for the private sector, too.

Let’s not let this nonsensical canard (that laying people off somehow helps create jobs) get lost in the shuffle and go unchallenged.

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