Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush wants to make it easier to fire federal employees across government, not just at the Veterans Affairs Department.
“We need to have a reform that is far broader than what Congress has passed [the 2014 Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act], and I frankly think that this should be the norm across the board, not just at the VA,” Bush said, to applause, at a town hall Monday in Columbia, S.C. The group he spoke to included many veterans.
“You know, when you talk this way it sounds to people sometimes [like] you are anti-government worker — no. I think we need to empower government workers and pay them more when they do a good job. But when they don’t do a good job they should be able to be fired, and you’ll get fewer people doing bad work…this is how the world works,” the former Florida governor said, again to applause.
As Florida governor, Bush made it easier to fire state government workers for incompetence or negligence. “We didn’t do this in a punitive fashion,” he said. “We reduced the state government workforce by 11 percent, but we got higher quality service, I believe. And we paid people more when they did a good job.”