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January ll, 2017 The Julian News 11 California Commentary_ A Happy New Year For State Workers by Jon Coupal In a recent column, I commented on how joyous the holiday season would be for members of the state legislature and our constitutional officers who are seeing a four percent increase in their pay. California lawmakers were already the highest paid in the nation. But as the song says, you ain't seen nothing yet. In a state the U.S. Department of Labor rates as first in pay for state and local government workers, one of the largest public sector unions has negotiated a pay raise of up to 19 percent for many of its members. Union leaders claim that many of the jobs their members perform are in high demand and, without the increases, employees will be lured away to the private sector. Therefore, a 19 percent increase for "financial experts" currently making between $7,300 and $10,000 per month, is warranted. However, everyone has been invited to the party. Even janitors will be getting an extra 3 percent on top of the standard 4 percent that has been negotiated for all the represented workers. Other unionized employees, now negotiating pay increases with the state, will likely see similar raises. And it is important to mention that most of these "public servants" are receiving healthcare and pension benefits that most in the private sector can only dream of. In November, voters said yes to new taxes and to the continuation of the highest income tax rates in the nation. The expensive campaigns that put these measures over the top were funded primarily by public sector unions, so it is not hard to guess where the bulk of the tax revenue will be going. Instead of state government providing more and better services, most of the funds will go to paying for raises for government workers And let's not forget the need to holds a monopoly on most of the services it provides -- there is no competition or alternative -- much of the work actually provided is subpar. Anyone who must use government services cannot imagine that these across the board raises state employees are receiving are based on merit. There are those who will justify the additional money as cost-of- living increases. But cost of living increases are based on inflation, which has been minimal due to the sluggish economy. Just ask Social Security recipients, who will receive an increase in their benefits of 0.3 percent (three- tenths of one percent) for the coming year. This translates to about a $4 monthly increase for the average retiree, or about $48 per year. Hadthe average recipient, who must get by on $1,355 each month, been granted a four percent increase (the minimum for so many state employees) their monthly checks would bump up almost $55, or $660 annually. But we shouldn't have to argue over how much government employees should be paid. Since union leadership worries that the private sector will hire valuable workers away unless they are paid more, why not let them go? In the private sector, they can join or establish companies that can bid on doing the work currently performed by government employees Let them pay themselves whatever they want, but they will have to bid on doing the work they now perform on the taxpayers' dime. Government will hire the lowest qualified bidder and if their service is topnotch, they will keep their contracts. If not, the governor and Legislature can move on and engage another bidder. As the late New York Governor Mario Cuomo -- a Democrat and father of the current New York Governor -- stated Cabin in the Pines. New Floors, Paint, Counters $339K fund nearly a trillion dollars in several decades Ago: "It is not r ..... Julian .......... unfunded pension liabilities for a government's obligatiofi'"t ' ---- WeeklYAnswer SUDOKU whichtaxpayerswillbepickingThisisnottolosesightofthe provideservicesbuttoseethat [[ LibraryHours II ~ i~1~1,1~1~1=1, ~ ~ up the tab. they are provided." n Monday closed II fact that many public employees the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers II Tuesday 9:00- 811 b work hard and provide valuable Association -- California's largest [[Wednesday 9:00 - 6n It was award-winning American novelist Ann Patchett who made 6 8 I. 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Most Americans are familiar with graham crackers -- they're a -- Thomas Jefferson favorite childhood snack. But have you ever wondered what they're J.][lg Crossword - II made of? The obvious answer is "graham flour" -- but what is that? It's just flour made from whole wheat. This type of flour was named ,n~wn. R.F.D.m/Ee, EENWORK,~C~A "~rBR~R~'-rOO~~= by Mike Madand n 1850 Highway 78 ][ after a 19-century Presbyterian Si mlis~l colin: 765-0370 / ItlO Lll~KER--OR~x/E5 ITVaELFt J~ " k-O~Rff~-T FT'~ ~ ~.',./ k o/~,~l LnvLE"roo/t4OL,~E RraD [ minister named Sylvester m._ ,.s-rn~,~J'c'~.--~,l.2-~-~---roT.E ~ Graham, who promoted the ~s~!i ~i'! 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START TALKING BEFORE THEY START DRINKING Kids who drink before age 15 ere 5 limes more likely to have alcohol problems when they're adults. ~0 learn more, go to www.stopalc0h01ebuse.g0v or call 1.800.729.6686 DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: Moderate Challenging HOO BOY 2016 King Features Synd., Inc. Maya were creating objects with (]__ 3_. x rubber 3,000 years before that. ~ u 3 The quaking aspen (Populus N!O d 3!S V tremuloides) is the most widely distributed tree in North America (as well as the state tree of Utah). Groves of them can be found in high altitudes as far south as Guanajuato, Mexico, and as far north as the Brooks Range of mountains in northern Alaska. Most people don't realize, however, that the groves are not made up of separate trees; all the visible trunks are part of a single organism, genetically identical and sharing the same root system. Thought for the Day: "The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." -- Victor Hugo 2016 King Features Syndicate, Incl ZII (IV-4 NO0 2016 King Features Syndicate, inc. The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. -- DwightMorrow 2016 King Features Synd., Inc.