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01-27-2005, 02:14 PM

By Andy Kanengiser (

State employees lobbied at the Capitol today to give lawmakers a simple message: Please protect their jobs.

Mississippi Alliance of State Employees President Brenda Scott and other colleagues emphasized workers' job security at a news conference this morning and during informal meetings with lawmakers.

"I'm not worried about raises. We'd love to have money," Scott said at the Capitol today. "But what is a pay raise for those who lose their jobs?"

Scott said she's worried after a Senate panel voted Wednesday to extend the Mississippi Department of Human Services through July 2007, but remove state Personnel Board protections for its 3,200 workers.

A separate House-passed bill would continue DHS through 2009, and keep them under the Personnel Board.

Scott said she fears there will be many DHS workers fired as was the case when the Mississippi Department of Corrections last year was removed from Personnel Board protections to save millions of dollars. About 185 MDOC workers were fired last year in a cost-cutting move.

As part of his government streamlining plan, Gov. Haley Barbour "wants it all," Scott said.

Sen. Alice Harden, D-Jackson, a member of the Senate Labor Committee, said Scott's concerns about state employee job security are legitimate.

"The big issue is saving jobs," Harden said. "It is saving people and families."

Harden said Barbour's plan to pull a number of agencies out from under the Personnel Board to help solve Mississippi's budget crunch is "horrible."

This comes at a time when state employees are struggling to make ends meet and there is an "attack" on state worker health insurance, Scott said.

More than 61 percent of the state employees make less than the $29,000 average annual salary, Scott said. MORE DETAILS AS THEY DEVELOP AND TOMORROW IN PRINT AND ONLINE EDITIONS

01-28-2005, 08:48 AM
So much I would LIKE to say but I will try to be good!! SMILE!!
I know some ( lots) that NEED to be GONE!! Especially those who are stealing our loved ones food in the prison system. Oh my!! Did I say that?? Well enough said on that!!


01-28-2005, 08:57 AM
My Mom is a state employee - but not with the DOC. She, along with all of her co-workers, are sweating bullets right now. :(

01-28-2005, 09:26 AM
I did not mean to make light of the situation and I KNOW it is serious.. I am a retired State Employee from another State and I do know what this is like. It is really nerve wrecking.. I pray her job and many others are safe. I just know of THEFT going on with MDOC that is keeping our Loved One's from getting their food. That was all I meant by my reply. If they could get rid of those employees no telling what could happen. I will be praying about this and all the families. Please keep us all posted of any late breaking news..