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My late father used to say that public officials were feeding at the public trough with high benefits. In those days, the salaries weren’t so high but as public workers unions gained power that too changed.
We have recently seen various attempts by state governments to rein in the power of public workers unions by changing the rules of collective bargaining, most particularly in Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. But part of the problem may be with the salaries and benefits of higher public officials.
Many of us have heard about the scandal in the city of Bell, California in 2010. The salary and benefits of the Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo was $787,637, with annual 12 percent raises Bell paid its police chief $457,000, more than Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck makes in a city of 3.8 million people. Bell council members earn almost $100,000 for part-time work. READ MORE