I am an IT Manager for the State that works with several agencies on projects that provide services to the citizens of New Hampshire. I work for the State because this is where I was born and have lived my entire life. I feel a responsibility as part of my civic duty to help serve New Hampshire and its citizens, which is why I left the private sector that is generally considered more lucrative from a salary standpoint to do this job. I have no qualms about taking less money to come to the state, but it’s still the Legislature’s responsibility to recognize each state worker as a taxpayer and citizen that deals with the responsibilities and hardships of everyday life, as well as the realities of inflation and increased costs of living each and every year.
I feel that sometimes the Legislature can lose sight of the fact that we’re taxpayers too. I own a property and also rent in Manchester, so I’m paying more than my fair share of property taxes, and would venture to guess that they wouldn’t have nearly as hard a time deciding to increase those taxes as they are on deciding to provide a standard cost of living raise to the State workers that pay them.
I have a wedding that I’m trying to save for, a car that needs some repairs and a fiancé that is struggling financially with bills & debt coming out of six years of college after obtaining her Master’s degree.
If the legislators are willing to sign off on huge budget items for multi-million dollar contracts to private contractors like Deloitte, Xerox, etc who pay their employees at the top of the IT market to perform their jobs, then they should have no issue with providing a basic cost of living raise to the hard working State employees that come to work every day and help operate all of the complex systems and services that the citizens want and need. This raise makes up something like 0.03% of the total budget and is a wise investment in the morale and well-being of countless state workers that perform their jobs admirably, well below the market.
It’s the right thing to do. It’s the decent thing to do.