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PIERCE COUNTY: Salaries, pensions should be cut

Letter by Elizabeth Anne Foltz, Fox Island on May 4, 2010 at 9:46 am with 6 Comments »
May 5, 2010 9:42 am

Re: “6-figure workers” (TNT, 4-25).

Your article on Pierce County salaries and benefits really infuriated me.

Having been laid off almost two years ago and finding hardly any jobs to apply for (and the ones that exist have really reduced salaries and there are hundreds of applicants), and finding that government workers are still getting raises and increased benefits, it defies logic.

The company my husband works for has cut everyone’s salaries twice, for a total of 15 percent cut. And his company has cut 20 jobs out of over 60 in an effort to keep in business. Yet, we are supposed to be taxed to pay for county workers’ Cadillac salaries, and they don’t want to give an inch. Have they no consciences?

And pensions? Who gets pensions anymore?

These salaries and pensions are unsustainable; they should be cut, like everyone else’s. These people are making too much money.

My son has a small business, and he’s being taxed so much he has to cut employees and his sons are working more.

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  1. CityOfFlags says:

    Instead of giving out raises based on a % such as a 3% raise, make pay increases a flat amount, example $50 per month. This allows workers at the bottom of a salary scale the same raise as those at the top. Right now the way things are set up, the rich get richer. Government is creating a two class society, rich and poor, with a vanishing middle class.

  2. jiminycricket says:

    There’s an old saying “that misery loves company.” Sounds like sour grapes to me, Elizabeth! I’m sympathetic to your plight, but with this sort of negative attitude, who’d want to hire you? Be positive! There are others out there who have it worse than you do. If you do not have a job, Elizabeth, you should treat your search for a job, like a job, 5 days a week, from 9 am until 5 pm! Take the time to smile too, it might help! If you put as much energy into your job search instead of blaming others, you will find a job!

  3. newscrap says:

    Those figure salaries sound excessive, but which workers are getting them? Are those particular salaries comparable to what the pay would be in thr private sector? I don’t think the ordinary worker is getting much of a raise, it is moving up on the salary schedule which is not the same as an across the board raise.

    Cityof Flags
    Giving everyone the same dollar amount serves to compress the salary scale. You might argue that they SHOULD receive the same pay, but entry level rarely pays the same as experienced.

  4. blakeshouse says:

    Face it….In this collective the unions dictate what when where why and how, and the politbureau just takes more and more from us “peons” to comply with them. With the socialist running all levels from local to state they make sure the ones who get hurt are NOT part of their heirarchy. Until the fools who keep voting for these bloodsuckers wise up and change their thinking nothing is gonna change except govt salaries and the amount of opressive taxes.

  5. TOOCAN says:

    Ms,Foltz, of Fox Island You can’t be doing too bad if you live on fox island… Pierce county has laid off workers and they are also now pay for health insurance.. Those high pay employees are engineers, Lawyers, Judges the rest are earning the money in overtime thanks to the unwilling to pay higher taxes taxpayers

  6. the3rdpigshouse says:

    When the ignorant electorate keeps expanding government and associated benefits it eventually becomes a self actualizing enterprise for government expansion!!! Vote out the socialist politicians and in particular the socialist democrats in the State legislature!!!

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