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RE: Cen-Den Parent
March 11, 2011 | 10:33 PM

I am tired of hearing the never ending boo hooing about the teachers and other public sector workers having to pay into their own benefits because their take home pay will be smaller and their families will suffer. I say to them welcome to the real world where there are no free lunches as I have always been told. Maybe now the public sector workers will have more respect for us lowly little private sector people down here who have paid their wages and benefits all the while we are losing our jobs, bemefits, homes, cars, insurance, food, etc.
You made the following comment.
"When the economy is booming they don't reap the same rewards because they can't take merit pay from tax dollars like bonusses or increased sales/commissions that the private sector gets."
That maybe true but under this bill public workers can still negotiate their pay increases. I have worked in the private sector all my life and I can't negotiate pay increases. Plus I have rarely ever gotten a merit raise or Bonus. In fact over the last 20 years count them now 20 years I have only received 3 raises in pay. That comes to 1 every 7 years and for every raise my share of the benefit cost went up more than my raise and if that wasn't enough my taxes went every year to cover those pay increases and benefit increases for the public sector workers who got them thru negotiation. How many raises and increases in benefits have the public sector workers received over that same period of time? I didn't see any public sector workers or unions stepping up and turning down any increase in pay and benefits. While my pay stayed stagnant over this time my taxes kept going up to cover the public sectors pay raises and increased benefits. At the same time I lost my benefits and my job and I am now facing losing my home. Where is the sympathy for me and others like me from the public sector? We get YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO HANDLE MONEY AND YOU SHOULDN'T BUY WHAT YOU CAN'T AFFORD. I never had my money long enough to mishandle it because it was deducted in taxes. So don't hand me this dyer situation for the teachers or public workers. It doesn't hold water.
I applaud the Governor and legislature for what they did because now the cost of paying for the public workers will be reduced and it will loosen the tight grip on hiring. Thus creating jobs for us poor slobs at the bottom. The only reason the Democratic Senators are really pissed off right now is because they were out maneuvered legally. Don't tell me they wouldn't have done the same thing if the shoe was on the other foot. Just look at Obamacare how quickly that had to be passed and was rammed thru congress.

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