This summer my department in local govt was cut by 49%. I survived this RIF. Not so sure about next year. Talks are on about service consolidation. The public seems generally concerned about the decline of services (parks, library closings) but not enough to suggest that they pay for these with taxes. After two years of no merit or other increases to salaries, if they do anything short of an increase I will be a burden on the taxpayers via Homeless support, unemployment, or other SS benefits.