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Posted on March 7 at 10:29 a.m.
With 29 city employees already in the 100K+ club (Joan Kent in the lead @ $191,94/ yr) the public employees seem to be elevating themselves from public `servants' to a new form of `welfare' for the elite.
My sympathy is for the middle class private sector worker who now has to pay half of their income in taxes (sales, property, income, and “hidden taxes” buried in every utility and telecom bill) so that middle class government employees can earn twice what they make, then retire to a life of relative luxury.
Public employee compensation should be no better, and no worse, than what is available to other employees in the community.
On Mayor Takes It On Chin
Posted on March 7 at 10:02 a.m.
"We are under-taxed in this state" - WTF?
a totally bogus budget, only to set the Governor up as a public savior by `rejecting' it, then approving an almost equally bogus budget, kicking the can-down-the-road, but freeing up legislative paychecks. Then Brown proposes a `reform' measure that a.) hasn't been acted on and b.) relies on a pie-in-the-sky tax measure that won't even be acted upon (rejected) until November (more `can-down-the-road' tactics). It seems like they are all a part of some medical marijuana research group. After all, they have put California (local & state) on a continuous high! We have the... - Highest paid Legislators in the nation, - Highest paid City Managers in the nation, - Highest paid State Troopers in the nation, - Highest paid Prison Guards in the nation, - Highest paid Firefighters in the nation, - Highest paid public university Professors in the nation, - Highest paid K-12 Teachers in the nation, (our schools rank at or near the lowest)
And... at public expense, for the rest of their non-working, retired, lives.... - The most generous government employee pensions in the nation.
To keep the above high standard of living (WELL above the rest of the non-government state and nation workers), they have seen fit to saddle California with the highest overall taxes in the nation, forcing our businesses to shut down or move elsewhere. Now they are shutting down parks and services at an unprecedented rate to meet state employee salary and benefit obligations... AND WE'RE STILL BROKE!
This is not only unsustainable, it is unjust and immoral!
On Cap Pensions, Don't Destroy Them