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Public Employee Listening Tour Stops in Great Falls

April 15, 2010

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - It's tax day, and time for a salute to public employees. While there might be some grumpiness about paying taxes today, public workers in Great Falls will be telling their side of the story about what they do and who benefits. State employees working in child support enforcement, Head Start and at the Montana School for the Deaf and Blind are being showcased as part of the MEA-MFT Work that Matters Campaign.

MEA-MFT president Eric Feaver says stories about government growing out of control are not based in fact.

"There are fewer state employees working. It isn't true that state government is growing now while everybody else is in decline."

Feaver says he wants taxpayers to remember that most public workers are already under a salary freeze because of the state's budget problems.

"All of these folks are doing very serious work. Yet it looks like the state is interested not only in, perhaps, freezing state employee salaries for the next biennium, but cutting jobs away."

State legislators and local elected leaders are visiting work sites as part of the event.

MEA-MFT represents Montana state and county employees, teachers, health care employees and higher education faculty and coordinates the Work that Matters Campaign.



Deb Courson, Public News Service - MT