Keever to GOP Chair: It’s “atrocious” anybody would take joy in layoffs (video)

You can add Buncombe County Rep. Patsy Keever to the growing list of people upset by GOP Chairman Robin Hayes’ comments that he’s glad North Carolina shed thousand of state government jobs in June.

In Keever’s own district, 80 teaching assistants and 10 custodians lost their jobs last month with Buncombe County Schools because of budget constraints.

Keever, who appears on News & Views this weekend, said of Hayes’ remarks “it’s atrocious that anybody would take joy in somebody losing a job.”

The Buncombe County Democrat says the loss of public sector jobs will not fix an already ailing economy, and will not automatically lead to more job creation in the private sector. (The N.C. Budget & Tax Center has also noted that public sector layoffs don’t “rightsize” state government, they downsize the state’s economy.)

For a preview of Rep. Keever’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below:

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2 Comments

  1. francesjenkins

    July 27, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Keever has a two digit IQ and the Democrats know that full well!!!

  2. Alex

    July 28, 2011 at 9:30 am

    The simple solution for the state is to contract out as many functions as possible, and avoid the high cost of pension and healthcare benefits. Outside companies are more efficient by nature, and the workforce can be easily downsized in bad economic times, and ramped up quickly in good times.Much of the administrative costs associated with a large number of state employees could be eliminated.