David Pugh has announce a new initiative that he hopes will help put Islanders to work while helping to eliminate government waste of taxpayer's dollars through needless government programs. Dubbed the "Inaction Plan", Pugh's initiative has been a long time coming according to Newport resident Ron Southward.
"There is no question that government can do things better and at less cost, it's the human side of things that has to be considered."
"As much as this initiative to reduce government debt is sorely needed we have to be careful not to be too hasty to rush into something like this. People's livelihoods are at stake as well."
The Inaction Plan is essentially about acting on surplussing surplus government employees by enacting their retirement plan in advance of their currently agreed to minimum age of retirement.
Pugh says government payrolls will directly benefit from the acting upon the Inaction Plan and allow for greater employment of those currently unemployed however critics have pointed out that the cost of early retirement pensions and new government employee wages may offset anticipated cost reductions to a large degree.
Pugh says a number of community based focus groups have been set up to take place across the Island in Ryde, Newport and Cowes to study the issue and address these and other public concerns before the Inaction Plan will be implemented.