“It’s pretty strange that they should declare bankruptcy while giving away the store.”
—SacBee columnist Dan Walters, commenting on the revelation that one-quarter of Stockton employees, indcuding some rank-and-filers, still earn over $100,000.
On the surface, it sure is. The city is going to have to prove in court that these salaries are absolutely necessary to fill positions and keep the city running. Or at least that in the real world of a pro-labor Democratic state city leaders drove down salaries as much as is humanly possible.
I think they will. But what a sad comment on our state, and on the state of public service it is. Even a city on its knees has to render unto Ceasar what is Ceasar’s.