A friend sent me a bit about how an Arizona country furloughed nearly all of its non-law enforcement employees. I decided to start looking for local governments that have been furloughing staff.
- San Antonio furloughed close to 300 employees
- San Diego furloughed 800 employees
- Broomfield furloughing 235 employees as coronavirus impacts budget
- York County, Pennsylvania furloughed 300 workers
- Cincinnati furloughed 20% of its workforce of nearly 2,000
There is page after page after page of these articles on Google if you search for “municipal employees furlough.”
I have been saying for a while that public school teachers were going to start losing their jobs since state and local governments have nuked the primary sources of per-pupil education funding with their shutdowns. I figured they would at least make it until the end of the school year and see contracts not be renewed. But I did a search for “teachers furloughed” and guess what?
- Members of Randolph school staff to go on furlough
- Connellsville School Board votes to furlough more than 40 teachers at end of school year
Page after page after page.
Looking at the budgets state and local governments are approving, it looks like they are still being fairly delusional about the level of lost revenues they are going to realize by killing off a sizable chunk of their GDPs. I think a lot of them think they will be saved by a diverse tax base, but so far job losses have been pretty diverse too. This is no longer a story about the hospitality industry or manufacturing. It’s everyone.
But the point is governments are behaving like corporations at this point. Local governments push their staff onto the balance sheet of the state, which pushes it onto the federal government, which pushes it onto the Federal Reserve.