Pay, perks and pensions driving up state deficit

Staff at the Union Rescue Mission downtown and Hope Gardens near Sylmar had a tough choice to make recently: Cut services to the poor and homeless, or take a salary cut and end their 401 matches. Read more
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Speed Kills

Azusa, CA

#23 Jan 19, 2010
The game is over. California will go bankrupt and those big retirement packages are gone! Bye Bye!
Equal justice for all

San Dimas, CA

#24 Jan 19, 2010
Ahhhhh, but govment employees enjoy CalPers. Which will probably have to be bailed out by guess who??
Equal justice for all

San Dimas, CA

#25 Jan 19, 2010
The initiative process was a result of elected officials not listening to their constituents.. This state has been poorly run for a generation. And who's been running it? That is why the people insisted on term limits. Sadly that didn't work either..
Why do we have the Assembly?? We should have State Senators that come to Sac for a month to enact new laws when necessary and get these bums off the endless political treadmill..
TYB STUCK IN CALI wrote:
I notice Mr. Anderson takes everything the teapartyers and everyone else says as truth and does not reseach their statements. State and government workers PAY into their pension plans-when the stock market was good state,county, and local governments suspended the contributions they are required BY LAW to make(since they opted out of Social Security in 1983) and the pension plans were given promises to pay back the borrowed funds. That has not happened and now the stock market has wiped out surpluses. The REAL PROBLEM is that there are too many state programs created through the inititive process that force $$ to be used for only that program.That $$ cannot be forwarded to areas that really need it! They need to wipe out the Walmart legislation that is written for and voted in by people who have no concept on how programs should be created....
MARCUS

AOL

#26 Jan 19, 2010
I agree, let go ahead and look at public employee pensions even though we know very few are making the kind of money this writer is talking about. While we are looking at the poor underapreciated worker bees, lets also look at the politicians and their big money pensions. We all know they get a full "Big money" life time retirement after just one term. They can't even pass the budget on time. How about the CHP. They still don't even pay into their owbn retirement. Take a minute and consider the root of the problem. The legislature and all of the pork barrel spending.
this sucks

United States

#27 Jan 19, 2010
Fact: Government employees and officials produce NOTHING. They use government FORCE and take from one group of people and redistributes to another, usually to themselves and their friends. Yes, welfare is a problem, but CORPORATE welfare is the real issue. Big business and big government work TOGETHER here in California. "The Budget" is also only a small piece of the big picture...google: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, to get the whole truth.

In healthy economy, 400,000 individuals down on their luck getting some assistance would be a non issue...but because the leeches in Sacramento along with big business have sucked the life of the state, we slaves are to blame other slaves.

Please wake up to the monstrous government and the lies they tell every time they open their filthy mouths.
Bob

Glendora, CA

#28 Jan 19, 2010
A few points:

1) Public employees or retirees don't actually "pay" taxes. They are paid with tax money. When they "pay" taxes, they are just giving back some of the money taken by force from REAL taxpayers.

2) The pension obligation has increased by 2000% for public employees. Does anyone think that the public will give the government tax leeches ALL of their money to pay this?

3) A Garbage man's job is the fifth most dangerous occupation. A Police Officer is number 10. A Firefighter didn't make the list. If a Policeman or Firefighter thinks they are worth what they are paid due to the risk, why don't we pay a garbage collector $200K, retirement after 20 years, and $200k pension + lifetime health insurance?

4) The private sector is waking up to the financial rape happening by Unionized Government Tax Leeches. The revolution is coming.
WOW

Irvine, CA

#29 Jan 20, 2010
There's a little garbage here all right, and not many real facts?

Just the usual whining jealousy and simplistic BS that is really hot with those sweet boys Ken and John these days?

Did you get your 2000% from the same source true genius got his data that showed the US had a lower GDP than Uganda, recently?

The Journal of Irreproducible Results is waiting for you to submit the paper for review.
hunkie boy

Fontana, CA

#30 Jan 20, 2010
start with the chp. early retirement and disability retirement due to a bad back, average retirement between 49-51, full benftits.

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