Balance that budget! Get the state employees to do their jobs and see how much can be saved. Get rid of the paid sick days, and dump 2 or 3 of the paid Holidays they get as well. OH wait unions can't do that can we, hmmm to bad, guess they won't suffer like the rest of us.
Why should any retired person get free insurance, it a major problem with budgets in this and other states to begin with! OH, i forget, must have been a union thing! Which is the other problem with this country! I am not angry at you or anything, I just have big issues with the whole union and free bit. Sorry if I came across as rude, was not my intent.
This bottom line simply goes to greed. Weather it be big corporations, stock holders, unions, and most definitely insurance companies. Every one wants more and more for less and less. It is one heck of a future that our kids are gonna inherit.
They already wasted 10's of thousands of dollars on granite curbs, and currently milking the south main street project. They are not thinking ahead of the curve. Just like always, Look at the ridiculous canopies in down town, that is the kind of foolish thinking our city does.
Is this our tax dollars hard at work again? I can not imagine that the taxes on the migrant workers can cover all the cost to this center.
We know tax dollars pay for public schools. What I am saying is that government employees pay and benefits exceed the private sector. Here in Maine we have a little more than a million folks, yet we seem to have the need to have pay follow national average, well sorry we can not afford that. The unions, all around push for to much and for life long benefits. It is no longer possible to support such a way of life. Look at Auto MFG., it cost them dearly and still does. We should not be expecting grand kids to pay for the future retirement of people to the extreme. Put retirement funds in 401k's and such. I have not seen a raise in 3 years, but at least I still have a job. Also, it is not just educators, it is in general all government employee's and elected officials.Thank you
Good, and the ones with no family, also no holidays, hmm...annual salaries, not hourly so they are included, plus what 6 to 8 weeks vacation if not more. You should really be in line with what every one else is going thru. I am not down on teachers, just city/gov. employment in general. Municipal and gov. is to free with the bennies, to include over abundant retirement plans vs. private business. So I get just a little tired of all that I do, just to maintain a job, and how little gov. employees have to do for what they get. I am far from alone on this. City, state and federal government needs to be held to the same standard that private businesses face, and not rely so much on TAX DOLLARS!.
Seems to me at next bargaining meeting with the union, they should work to have employees pay more of their fair share of insurance, remove paid sick days, and have a few less holidays off paid. Then when their world meets my world I would be more inclined to vote yes.
I agree with some of what is said. I feel that the biggest fail is that of the Unions/Cities for letting it get to this point. The city should have never agreed to pay health insurance for part time employees, nor should the union have pushed for it.The city and and state government really need to take a new look at that simple fact the next time union negotiations come up. The city alone could save roughly $2-$3 million a year if employees paid a fair share of their health insurance.