Corbett’s Austerity Agenda Has Been Hurting Job Growth

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The other thing to note about this new Corbett ad is the emphasis on the 116,000 *private sector* jobs that have been created during his time in office – a cute way of ignoring the massive public sector job losses that are a direct result of his party’s budget policies. These public sector job cuts have been a significant drag on economic growth overall, including in the private sector.

Public employees don’t get paid in Monopoly money. They earn real money, and when you lay them off, they can’t afford to pay their mortgages and bills, they cut back on eating out at restaurants, buying furniture, and everything else. That’s terrible for the private businesses who sell stuff to people and it depresses wages and employment in the private sector.

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