A long piece on the Bloomberg site looks at how California has led the way yet again, in this case on the capture of state and local governments to serve their employees more than their citizens.
“California spends most of its money on salaries, retirement payments, health care benefits for government workers, and other compensation,” said Schwarzenegger, 65, who replaced Davis as governor. “State revenues are up more than 50 percent over the past 10 years, but still we’ve had to cut spending on services because so much of that revenue increase went to increases in compensation and benefits.”
Brown, who granted state workers collective-bargaining rights during his first tenure as governor more than three decades ago, has reduced pension costs for new employees while leaving most retirement benefits for current workers intact.
Jerry Brown, by granting state employees collective bargaining rights, created the conditions for the disaster a few decades ago. The power of the public sector unions gradually grew and reached a peak of damage during former Governor Gray Davis's term. Those public employee unions spent on elections for former governor Gray Davis and other politicians who, so bribed by union money, granted the pay and pension raises that created the financial disaster.
Unions for public employees exist to collect dues from their members to use to buy politicians. The public employee unions are the enemies of the taxpayers who are paying money for services. Too many politicians are easily corrupted by campaign donations from unions. Too many voters are too ignorant and foolish to recognize when their politicians have been corrupted. We can't afford for unions to be that powerful.
Could state ballot propositions be used to repeal collective bargaining rights for government employees?
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2012 December 12 08:42 PM|