A few weeks ago we posted an op-ed piece from The Appeal Democrat that called for Sutter County to change its public employee pension system, "which will eventually consume most of the county's budget."
Attorney Holly Stout takes on that assertion in a rebuttal op-ed.
Here's a key paragraph:
Most government employees earn less money than their counterparts in the private sector. Personal experience suggests the majority of these fit into one of two categories. There is the employee who takes the government job to get work experience to transfer to the private sector for more money. This employee costs the government employer its training costs without the benefit of a long-term employee. The other type is the employee who is willing to accept the lower salary in exchange for the better benefits, including retirement, health care, and better working hours. The only way the government can retain valuable trained employees is by offering better benefits.
You can read the entire piece by clicking here.
On an entirely different note, Capitol Alert blog users sent lyrics to a couple of traditional Christmas songs with the words tweaked for these troubling times. Hum the tunes while you read the lyrics here.