ExcitableBoy wrote:It would surprise me if anyone is naive enough to think state/regional/local governments close parks to save money. They close parks because tax payers like them and they complain when they are closed and gov'ts take the opportunity to explain to the tax payers that the park is closed because they don't pay enough taxes. The regional government I worked for sold parks and swimming pools to local municipalities while rank and file BEAT COPS earned up to a quarter million USD a year due to their incredibly generous union contracts and nepotism.
Nice link, I didn't know there was name for it this tactic, I just though it was SOP for gov't. In case folks think I am employing hyperbole, here is a link to an Excel spreadsheet with with employees, job titles, and annual pay for the regional gov't I worked for. http://lbloom.net/KC2009.xls
Enable editing and sort, high to low, on 2009 income. The highest paid public employees are medical doctors and cops. Look at the amount of overtime paid to the cops. Must be hardworking public servants to earn all that overtime, right? Well, cop pensions are based on the salary of the last years you work. In the last few years of service, incredible amounts of overtime are funneled towards the soon to retire officers to infate the salaries their pensions are based upon. Couple that with a guaranteed 5% salary increase every year and a fellow can do pretty well for himself, especially considering the low, low, low, bar candidates must crawl under to become cops.
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