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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 06:00 PM
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76. I'm a worker in that county making considerably less than $71,000
the situation is more complicated than you think. For starters, thanks to Prop 13, local governments have had very little incentive for tough bargaining, because the state raised most of the money and distributed it ("backfilled") back to the cities and counties. Meanwhile, especially around here, local government has had to compete with the dot-com industry and its inflated salaries to keep key employees. Now that the state is broke, too, again because of Prop 13 (repukes can and do block the two-thirds supermajority it requires to raise any taxes), what we have is everyone fighting over the few crumbs that are left.
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