Times are tough over at the DOT. A snowstorm is coming, and the DOT spokesperson just couldn’t resist whining about budget cuts. If you people would simply support a tax increase all those DOT people could clear the roads for you. But no, you’re too greedy.
UNDATED – Ice isn’t the only “freezing” problem facing the Georgia Department of Transportation this weekend.
DOT spokeswoman Teri Pope said a hiring freeze has left over 600 positions unfilled. She said 400 of those unfilled positions are in the maintenance offices, and she said those maintenance crews are the ones that respond to severe winter weather.
“So we were short handed to start with and now with the furlough requirements on us, this has been a very difficult response to plan,” said Pope.
She said those mandated furloughs mean that a lot of employees have already put in their maximum amount of hours for the month, and that causes a scheduling situation.
“So we’re very thankful that the weather is not really going to hit until midnight because at midnight starts our new work week and then we can schedule people just like we need to and not have to worry about it,” she said.