“AB 1250 … epitomizes (public employee) greed”

When Los Angeles proposed closing eight county courts to address a possible $85 million budget deficit, Ruben Soto, a member of SEIU 721, dressed as "Mr. 1%" to protest union job losses. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

I interact on a daily basis with public employees who are honest and diligent.

But public employee unions are another story. They seem to live in another universe from the municipalities they purport to serve. How else to explain bills like AB 1250, which would virtually force counties to hire only union services?

Do you have any idea what a  hammer blow that would be to county budgets — already sapped to anemia by public employee pensions? Dan Borenstein does, and he wrote the column I hoped someone would write.

“With the Legislature one week from its fall recess, lawmakers must choose between unions seeking an even bigger cut of severely strained county budgets and the ability of those counties to function efficiently and serve the most needy,” writes Borenstein.

When Stockton cratered, I vowed to help us all keep on top of any special interest which threatened a local municipality’s services and solvency.

So here you go.


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