On Friday the news was about the $20 billion
"shortfall" in "revenue" for the state if Props
1A - 1E didn't pass. I wrote a bried LTE
on how to save the state budget and the
SF Examiner agreed and published. Although
it was edited down from the original less
than 150 it still gets the points across.
BTW: The first LTE on the Letters page is a good
refutation of rent control and why it should go.
Remember vote no on 1A - 1E and yes
on 1F. And as always vote early and often
Ron Getty - SF Libertarian
Hostis res Publica
Morte ai Tiranni
Dum Spiro, Pugno
"State employee pay is what drains the budget"
The sky is not falling. California has 345,000
state employees averaging $85,000 in pay
and benefits. Private industry per-capita
pay and benefits average $45,000. If
state employees’ pay averaged that of
private industry’s, the $40,000 reduction
cuts the budget by $14 billion.
When private industry unemployment exceeds
3 percent, 1 percent of state employees should
be furloughed for each additional percentage
point. Fewer private industry workers means
lower income-tax revenue, which means less
money to keep paying government workers.
Each state department, division, bureau,
board and commission should be reviewed
to determine whether its function should be
discontinued, merged, should charge user
fees to cover its budget or be competitively
bid out at billions in cost savings.
Give taxpayers a break by putting a brake
on Sacramento’s “Robbing Hood” lawmakers.
– Ron Getty, vice chair of Libertarian Party, San Francisco