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14 Cities That Are Being Eaten Alive By Public Sector Workers
Business Insider ^ | Jul. 13, 2011 | Grace Wyler

Posted on 07/13/2011 9:55:51 AM PDT by george76

Although national attention has largely focused on state budget battles like Wisconsin's union showdown and Minnesota's state shutdown, the real spending struggle is actually taking place at the local level.

As federal stimulus money runs dry, states are scaling back on municipal aid and revenue sharing. The cuts are adding immense pressure to strained local governments, many of which are already struggling under huge debt burdens. After years of declining tax revenues, cities and towns across the country are now running out of ways to deal with their ballooning budget deficits.

Public employee costs account for a large share of municipal budget woes. While worker compensation accounts for just 30% of state spending, personnel costs tends to eat up between 70% and 80% of local government funds.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bankruptcities; bhoeconomy; colorado; democrats; economy; liberalfascism; obamadepression
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To: subterfuge

Colorado Springs is not liberal...

51 posted on 07/13/2011 12:54:42 PM PDT by fatez ("If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill)
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To: fatez

Ha. I thought all of Colorado to be liberal.

Here is the bio of the “lady” that was mayor of CS up until 2003.

Mary Lou Makepeace has led the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado as executive director since 2003. She also serves as vice president for Colorado programs of the Gill Foundation. Prior to joining the Gill Foundation, Mary Lou was the executive director for Leadership Pikes Peak, where she managed an array of community leadership programs designed to develop leadership skills and promote civic involvement.

She was Colorado Springs’ first female mayor, serving from 1997 to 2003. As mayor, she led a nine-member city council, served as chairman of the board of Colorado Springs Utilities and provided oversight to city-owned Memorial Hospital. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member for the Center for Creative Leadership at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, as well as running the Mary Lou Makepeace Group.

52 posted on 07/13/2011 1:26:57 PM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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To: paul51

Only on Free Republic.

53 posted on 07/13/2011 1:41:40 PM PDT by arrogantsob (Why do They hate her so much?)
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To: Balata
Thanks for the info. With a small city like CS, it takes a relatively small number of looters and corrupt "public servants" to put the city into a very bad financial situation.

That's what I tell people who don't think it is worth the bother to vote in local elections. We have a similar situation with our school board here. Primary turnout is typically around 20-25%. The teacher's union had their puppets cross file (D&R ballots) and turn out a significant portion of their machine.

The puppets captured every one of the four Democrat slots and two of the four available Republican slots. So they are guaranteed at least a 2-2 split in the November off-year general election when 40-45% of the electorate will participate.

We are beginning to manage a fairly healthy conservative turnout here in the Pittsburgh suburbs during the presidential and mid-term elections. Unfortunately, that turnout doesn't seem to carry over so well in the odd years when we elect county commissioners, city councils and school boards.

54 posted on 07/13/2011 1:43:01 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: arrogantsob

“What is the matter with New Orleans, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis they aren’t measuring up.”

If they are not dead already, they are pining for the fjords.

55 posted on 07/13/2011 1:52:15 PM PDT by No Truce With Kings (Ten years on FreeRepublic and counting.)
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56 posted on 07/13/2011 1:58:14 PM PDT by itsahoot (--I will vote for Sarah Palin, even if I have to write her in. --He that hath an ear, let him hear.)
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To: knittnmom

Drones are the political class, the worker bees do the work.

57 posted on 07/13/2011 2:00:11 PM PDT by itsahoot (--I will vote for Sarah Palin, even if I have to write her in. --He that hath an ear, let him hear.)
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To: hummingbird

Yep Houstin and Dallas are such conservative strongholds. Sigh.......

58 posted on 07/13/2011 2:04:03 PM PDT by itsahoot (--I will vote for Sarah Palin, even if I have to write her in. --He that hath an ear, let him hear.)
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To: subterfuge

Nope, you are wrong. Mary Lou came out after she left office. In the Springs, you run without party afflication. She convinced enough voters she was a moderate. She lied. But the Springs is conservative overall. El Paso county is very conservative.

59 posted on 07/13/2011 3:52:19 PM PDT by fatez ("If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill)
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To: rainee

I lived in Costa Mesa for nearly 20 years. I would never call it a liberal bastion, but even back then the City Council was as dumb as a box of rocks.

60 posted on 07/13/2011 3:56:58 PM PDT by Chandalier (Obama is a Chicken Hawk!)
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To: knittnmom

If you call having sex with the queen, working. The worker bees are ‘female’.

61 posted on 07/13/2011 3:59:01 PM PDT by NathanR
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To: knittnmom

Worker bees are far more numerous than drones, they are female and do most of the work——>>>



Queen Bee
There is only one queen per hive. The queen is the only bee with fully developed ovaries. A queen bee can live for 3-5 years. The queen mates only once with several male (drone) bees, and will remain fertile for life. She lays up to 2000 eggs per day. Fertilized eggs become female (worker bees) and unfertilized eggs become male (drone bees). When she dies or becomes unproductive, the other bees will “make” a new queen by selecting a young larva and feeding it a diet of “royal jelly”. For queen bees, it takes 16 days from egg to emergence.

Worker Bee
All worker bees are female, but they are not able to reproduce. Worker bees live for 4-9 months during the winter season, but only 6 weeks during the busy summer months (they literally work themselves to death). Nearly all of the bees in a hive are worker bees. A hive consists of 20,000 - 30,000 bees in the winter, and over 60,000 - 80,000 bees in the summer. The worker bees sequentially take on a series of specific chores during their lifetime: housekeeper; nursemaid; construction worker; grocer; undertaker; guard; and finally, after 21 days they become a forager collecting pollen and nectar. For worker bees, it takes 21 days from egg to emergence. The worker bee has a barbed stinger that results in her death following stinging, therefore, she can only sting once.

Drone Bee
These male bees are kept on standby during the summer for mating with a virgin queen. Because the drone has a barbed sex organ, mating is followed by death of the drone. There are only 300-3000 drones in a hive. The drone does not have a stinger. Because they are of no use in the winter, drones are expelled from the hive in the autumn.

62 posted on 07/13/2011 4:00:08 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: dennisw; NathanR; Ellendra

I stand (or sit) corrected! Thanks for the biology refresher!

63 posted on 07/13/2011 6:44:24 PM PDT by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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Newport Beach cops get $5,600 to wash their motorcycles / BRIAN CALLE

It pays well to wash your motorcycle if you are a cop in Newport Beach, where officers who patrol on motor bikes are paid an additional six hours of overtime every month simply for giving their cycles a wash.

The special compensation equates to, on average, about a 5 percent pay hike for motorcycle officers, or about $5,600 a year in additional monies, according to an analysis of city documents and interviews with key city staff. As alarming as that may seem, this is only one example of special pay that inflates salaries and is often hidden from public view because of the stealth nature of negotiations.The sweet deal is part of the contract negotiated between the police union and the city – yet another creative example of public employee pay abuses at taxpayer expense.

Here's the payout described in a 2010-2011 memo of understanding between the city and the Newport Beach Police Association: "Assigned Motor Officers are responsible for keeping the motorcycle assigned to him/her cleaned and polished at all times. This work shall be performed outside of the regularly scheduled work hours; and compensated at the rate of six (6) additional hours overtime per month (six (6) hours at time and one half equals 9 hours compensation)."......

......... if you take the average annual pay of a police officer in the traffic division at $109,139, then divide it by 2,080 work hours in a year, the hourly rate is $52. So overtime (related to cleaning motorcycles) would be $468 a month or $5,616 a year. That's the equivalent of a 5.1 percent pay raise.

Newport Beach also has a number of categories of "special pay" including: being bilingual, having a master's degree, a commercial drivers license, fire mechanic certification, etc.--SNIP--

64 posted on 07/14/2011 5:41:58 AM PDT by Liz ( A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: fatez

Okay. I’ll take your word for it.

65 posted on 07/14/2011 9:29:25 AM PDT by subterfuge (BUILD MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS NOW!!!)
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