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  1. Nos Nevets

    Nos Nevets said, almost 2 years ago

    “City” could be replaces by “USPS” or “GM” or . . .

  2. DavidGBA

    DavidGBA said, almost 2 years ago

    Underfunded for years!

  3. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    There have been many recent posts about California’s budget surplus and the optimistic comments made by our governor. What seems to get shifted under the carpet is illustrated by this cartoon and is an ever present reality for California state, counties and cities. The amount of future monies required to fund union medical and pensions are already putting several cities on the edge of Chapter 9 bankruptcy. Brown’s much lauded prop. 30 raised the top individual tax rates to 12.3%, to my knowledge now the highest in the nation. Our sales taxes are over 8% in many areas. Unfortunately these optimistic budget projections don’t realistically include pension costs. Now the push is on to tax the oil producers more and cut more corporate tax breaks. Somehow the Sacramento folks don’t get it that businesses are migrating away from here just because of this tax structure. Texas, Arizona and Nevada gain while we lose. So now they are raising taxes on a continually decreasing tax base. It’s Einstein’s definition of insanity all over again. I’m glad I’m retired and out of the business dogfights and higher income brackets.


    Governor Brown (affectionately called “Moonbeam”) has made some program reductions but the unions aren’t sharing in budget cuts. They (SEIU) now sit in on budget meetings and submit their own “requests” for budgeting and funding levels. When approached on the union pension issue, most of our politicians get a grave look on their face and say, “yes, that’s a big issue for the future and we’re concerned about it.”

  4. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @mickey1339

    If the cities or govt entities were private firms, they would be taken over by vulture capitalists and bankruptcy would be declared. The cities do not have that option – yet.
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    Democrats have a majority in Sac and I think they — and the unions — should look warily at the midwest states where draconian union busting has taken effect.
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    They should NOT believe that it could not happen in California.
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    BTW (not addressing your points), but sales taxes are close to 10% in many Bay Area counties. I do not ever remember Republicans criticizing sales tax increases. In fact, when Reagan was governor, the first thing he did was to raise sales taxes from 4% to 5%.

  5. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Nos Nevets

    USPS is in trouble because the Congress is making them put away too much money for the pensions, $5 billion a year! So it puts them into financial straits even as they mack profits.

  6. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    @braindead08

    Union busting turns workers into the working poor. And the Republicans win by default because the Democrats get most of their funding from Unions.

  7. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, almost 2 years ago

    Here in FL they came up with a money making scheme.
    Red light cameras that take a picture of your license plate.
    Rear-ender wrecks increased about 41% and my insurance went up even though I have not had a claim in many years.

  8. braindead08

    braindead08 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    I’m not suggesting that union busting is a good thing. I’m suggesting that the Democratic legislature should not think it will enjoy a majority no matter what. There are many steps that can result in bringing those pension obligations into balance that are short of union busting. It’s just that over-reaction is the norm.
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    This is their chance to govern for the benefit of the state, as opposed to special interests only.
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    I’m no more in favor of governing for one set of special interests than governing for a different set.

  9. josefw

    josefw GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Rockngolfer

    What happened to your bicycle?

  10. mickey1339

    mickey1339 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @braindead08

    “If the cities or govt entities were private firms, they would be taken over by vulture capitalists and bankruptcy would be declared. The cities do not have that option – yet.”


    Thanks for the update, I was just quoting our southern calif. rate. 10%, those guys are getting clipped! In response to your comment, there is a form of bankruptcy just for municipalities, called “Chapter 9.” I have read about several cities that are in a “pre-bankruptcy” reorganization process to try to stave off filing for Chap. 9. There are also entities within the cities, hospitals, school districts etc that are in trouble. The list I linked to is just a small sampling and doesn’t go very deep but it gives you a picture of the situation.


    http://www.governing.com/gov-data/municipal-cities-counties-bankruptcies-and-defaults.html

  11. Ketira shena Pretarasedrin

    Ketira shena Pretarasedrin GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    @Rockngolfer

    You haven’t been driving here on the Coast, then. When those red-light cameras went up, the number of people driving through red lights went down. They’re at the major intersections in my part of the Space Coast, and I like them there.

  12. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Rockngolfer

    What a pain! Red light cameras. But they have a website that lists them.

    http://www.photoenforced.com/

    You can plug in your info and it will map out were they are by intersection so you can be extra careful in the area.

    You may want to change insurance companies. I’ve been with mine since 1971, and though I have had claims I have never had a rate increase because of them as a matter of fact, I am paying much the same now as then as i have gotten rate reductions for record and longevity.

  13. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, almost 2 years ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Well Ima, you see libraries are funded by taxes through grants and assessments and in order to keep costs down many of us volunteer at the Library because it is the primary location for the written word and knowledge offered free to the public. Many dis advantaged youth can – an do – come there to study and learn what is necessary to continue the advancement of the species. It is never a waste of time to help a young one learn to read and see the wonder unfold as the world opens up to them within their head and not on a monitor.

    So yes, really a good idea to run some government services on a volunteer basis. Nice suggestion.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    @braindead08

    The only reason why Republicans have a slim majority in the House is because of the last minute Gerrymanders that reduced the strength of those voting Democrat.

  15. Wabbit

    Wabbit GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    If aid to the elderly gets cut, who in your family will change gramps and gramma’s diapers?
    Who will have to quit their job to be there for up to 24 hours a day. You might be the only one to feed grandma, and wash her face, make sure she sees a dentist if she has teeth, or clean her dentures if she doesn’t ?

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