Stockton faces depleted public services

Steven Greenhut: The state’s public employee unions justify their existence by claiming that they provide crucial public services. But we see again and again that the government serves the workers, not the public thanks to the undue influence of those unions. In Stockton, which is potentially going to be the largest U.S. city to go bankrupt, public services are eroding because the 81 percent of the budget goes to employees and retirees, including to 94 members of the $100,000 Pension Club. In my column in the Washington Examiner today, I write:

Stockton is in worse financial shape than most cities, but anyone who thinks it’s an aberration hasn’t been paying close attention to their own city’s wastrel ways.

Expect other dominoes to start falling unless politicians of both parties confront the unions that care so little about the public or the cities for whom their members supposedly work.

MARCH 8, 2012

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  1. Bob
    Bob 8 March, 2012, 18:23

    Where I live our public “servants” and their unions have looted local finances to such an extent that they now are insisting on a sales tax increase, a phone tax increase, a sewer tax increase (and they just increased that last year) and a tax on local sellers of alcohol.

    Our public serpents are going to “service” us good and hard with all the tax increases they possibly can.

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    NTHEOC 8 March, 2012, 20:04

    Where i live our public “servants” our well liked and supported by the community!!!We have a well managed and financially sound city and yes,our public servants make 100k a year.SO WHAT!!!

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  3. David H
    David H 9 March, 2012, 09:03

    It’s going on everywhere, like a bad movie.

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  4. Thmas H
    Thmas H 10 March, 2012, 07:52

    It is truly us against them. I am glad we have the right to bear arms. We may need them. Sooner or later the State will come for your money. The arrogance of the State worker is unreal. They think it is fine for Joe Citizen to work until they reach deaths door, while they all leave with “lottery” winnings at 50. We have firemen who almost make what the president of the US makes. It is truly time to take our country back, by any means necessary. I will fight for my childrens future.

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  5. ej
    ej 10 March, 2012, 23:18

    I remember when the deal was work as a public employee and make a little less that the private sector employee on avg each year but retire with good benefits.

    Now the leaches that are public emplyees have taken hold very tightly and are now the elite “rip-off” class and not only earn more in pay than the slave private sector worker but retire at an early age with the best benefits in the world.

    Something has gotta give and I can’t wait for the parasites union led gov’t workers to crash and burn.

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