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STATE EMPLOYEES ARE STATE TAXPAYERS TOO

Why The News feels it is the state employees' responsibility to balance the state budget is beyond my comprehension.

Everyone seems to forget that state employees are also state taxpayers already paying their share of the state's fiscal shortfall. Our salaries are not a gift from New York State. We earn our wages performing valuable services to the residents of this state.

The Civil Service Employees Association bargains in good faith with the governor's office of employee relations. It is not the Legislature's role, regardless of alleged campaign influence, to diminish our negotiated agreement and abrogate the bargaining process.

KATHLEEN J. BERCHOU
President, Local 602
Civil Service Employees Association
Tonawanda

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