Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson: So um, we did the math

H/t to William Ferry of Bay Village for spotting this gem of mathematical fail by Cleveland’s lackluster executive:

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says the city must cut its work force by 350 to 400 employees by the end of May as a result of planned cutbacks in state aid.

The mayor announced the cuts in an email sent this afternoon to news media outlets. He said in the email that under the two-year state budget proposed by Gov. John Kasich, the city will lose $35.7 million in state aid by the end of 2012.

“$35M divided by 400 workers equals $87,500.”

Jackson stated those city-paid workers will include full-time, part-time and seasonal employees.

Maybe he’s firing a bunch of really useless high-ups in the city administration, he hasn’t elaborated, but we think the math is just wonky here. See this graph:

3 Comments
  1. It’s sad to see that there is so much crap that is spewn each and every day by the politicians at every level. The scary part is that Cleveland isn’t officially the worst place to be……yet.

  2. The math sounds right. The salaries in the graph you posted reflect only the employee’s base salary, not the total cost of employing them. In addition to their salary, you also have to include the employer’s FICA, Medicare, and unemployment contributions, plus the employer’s contribution to health insurance, plus prolly a bunch of other little things. Basically, the rule of thumb is that the total cost of employing someone is 1.5x their actual salary.

    1. Truth be told, having *any* city jobs reliant on state aid is just preposterous to begin with.

      We’ll know for sure who’s math is used in due time now, won’t we? I am averse to government careerism to begin with, so this is somewhat good news wrapped in a lot of uncertainty as to how Jackson will proceed.

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