EDITORIAL: Today's one of many holidays for government

2013-11-28T00:00:00Z EDITORIAL: Today's one of many holidays for government nwitimes.com
November 28, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Porter County employees are now on par with Lake County for the number of paid days off -- 14 -- granted in 2014. That's supposed to be a good thing? We think not.

We expect county employees to celebrate Thanksgiving today with their families, with the exception of public safety professionals on duty today who will celebrate the holiday another day.

But 14 paid holidays? That's being generous to a fault.

Porter County Commissioners President John Evans said that number of paid holidays is in line with other counties and the state.

Lake County workers have the same number of days off, but not the same days as in Porter County. Lake County workers are expected to be on the job on Election Day in the spring and fall, but get Columbus Day and New Year's Eve off. In Porter County, those are both considered workdays.

The advantage to requiring county workers to be on the job on Election Day is to make clear the distinction between politics and government. That's an important point for the public as well as for the employees.

Porter County workers get nine of the 10 federal holidays -- Columbus Day is the exception -- and both election days, Good Friday, Black Friday and Christmas Eve.

Granted, productivity could expect to suffer on those last three days off -- Good Friday, Black Friday and Christmas Eve. But for clerical workers, especially, they should be able to make up that time at another time during the week.

Does the government really have so little work to do that taking so much time off doesn't affect customer service?

And those customers -- the taxpayers and citizens -- are the ones footing the bill for those government employees.

Government workers shouldn't get benefits more generous than their counterparts in the private sector.

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