Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Math Question

If 2 State workers in one household each receive a 5% pay cut, does the household get hit 5% or 10%.? (Assume for the purpose of this exercise that they each earn the same amount of money).

I say 5%, but others, in higher ranking, higher paid positions than I, say 10%. Each of us tries to explain the math; neither can see the other’s view.

These people think they are in danger of an actual 29% total income reduction if this additional 5% cut goes through on top of the 2 unpaid furlough days we have already been hit with. I think it is the 14.whatever% Bad enough, but not nearly one third of their income. Honestly, they look at me like I am retarded not to get it while I wonder how it is that THEY are in higher positions.

Somebody is flunking basic math. So, friends, what do you say? Am I missing something here? Or should I consider trying for advanced positions?

Yell "Fudge" at Cobras in North America Day

Anywhere north of the Panama Canal. In order to keep poisonous cobra snakes out of North America, all citizens are asked to go outdoors at noon local time and yell “fudge!” Fudge makes cobras gag, and the mere mention of it makes them skedaddle.


  1. Wow. You're right... and they are not so smart.

    It's still 5%. Combined, the 5% is a larger amount than individually, but it's still 5%.

    Clearly, you are smart enough for advanced positions. lol

  2. It's not an addition problem. You are right. It's still 5%.--njp

  3. LOL. Panic is such it affects math skills. Next all our grammer will go right out the window.

  4. Grammar. Sheesh. Followed by spelling.