The City of Albuquerque is in the throws of installing a new computer system. The new system - bought with our tax dollars - no doubt has a long list of benefits that will allegedly save all of us money. Hopefully the claims are true, but with the way things are being run in this state it wouldn't surprise us if someone gave something to someone else to sweeten the deal.
In any case, the system is up but as you might expect not quite running. Normally, city employees get paid bi-weekly on Thursdays. Like any other business with a large payroll, the city pays those employees via direct deposit.
As with any new computer system, there are bound to be a few thousand snafus (more if it runs on Windows... but that's another discussion). The city notified all of its employees that their January 8th check might be a little light because overtime probably would not be included in their paycheck. The city allowed that they would consider helping anyone with overdraft charges due to the lack of proper payment.
Oops! Thursday, January 8th came and went and city employees got nada, bupkis. The good news is that following January 8th came Friday January 9th and city employees not only got their paychecks they got double their paychecks.
Our Eyes tell us that in some cases some of the double payment was withdrawn. But in most cases they could find, employees simply got twice their paycheck.
First of all, the city shouldn't consider making good on overdraft charges - they should simply do it. Most of the employees of the city aren't like the Almighty Alcalde and his 11th floor denizens, they make modest salaries and rely on the city to pay in a timely manner. In this case, they didn't even make their promised goal of making sure base pay made it into employees accounts on Thursday - they were a day late.
Then they doubled down effectively doubling the payroll. Even if the error is caught and reversed, the city looses money and you disrupt cash flow which affects other payments to vendors, etc.
It wouldn't be the first time the city bought substandard software or failed to understand the system requirements. (Can you say Tiburon?) Let's hope that the installation of the new software and its attendant glitches are simply the result of transition pains and not the result of substandard software or money changing hands behind closed doors. In New Mexico it's hard to tell.
The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes