No, the point is you don't decide. Your elected representatives do. If you would like to go and run for office maybe you could convince people that they can have a high class modern Arizona and not pay for it. As for the Superintendent pension you need to talk to the school board members about it because they searched for, hired, and agreed to give him that before he took the job. When I was first licensed as a Superintendent in Indiana I went to my professor of Education Administration at Illinois and showed him the document. We had a good laugh and I asked him what exactly a superintendent did. He shrugged and said, "They go to lunch a lot." There is some interesting research that shows that superintendents are a waste of money, but school boards think you have to hire them and pay them big bucks. School board people are usually small time local politicians who can't get elected to real jobs. So go lobby your local school board member to put a stop to that foolishness, but he or she is certain to think you are a crackpot because everyone knows that you get what you pay for, which is usually the case but in certain areas like education and hospital administration it simply does not work that way.<quoted text>Oh I get it now. Whatever it takes. Just hand over as much of my money as the state deems necessary without question or justification. What kind of dictatorship are you promoting? Your right about one thing. The state representatives do need to "contemplate the reality of the situation and go back and fix all their mistakes that put us in this situation", like overpaid and over compensated double dipping public employees for one.
Over the past ten years state agencies have been forced to pour billions of dollars into the state's six pension systems to keep pace with continual benefit enhancements. All while the private sector has been cutting and eliminating benefits. Carol Peck, who retired as superintendent of a Phoenix area Elementary School District in July 2002 receives a $226,422 annual pension! For life! Thats about $4,352.00 per week! That is insane! The waste in government is huge and I'm not sustaining it. You right again, when I think about Carol Peck I say, THE PARTY IS OVER!
As for the state of Arizona you do get what you pay for and you aren't paying enough.