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TACOMA: Unions, politicians have cozy relationship

Letter by Stephen P. Wright, Tacoma on Dec. 30, 2013 at 12:46 pm with No Comments »
December 30, 2013 1:59 pm

If you haven’t heard the term “Labor-Electoral Complex” yet, you have certainly heard of all of the local governments across the United States that have filed for bankruptcy as a result. Simply put, it is the cozy relationship between public unions and local politicians coined by New York City’s departing mayor, Michael Bloomberg. Is Tacoma next?

Public unions endorse and fund campaigns of politicians who, in turn, reward those public unions with higher pay and pension benefits. Tacoma can’t afford to fix its roads and fund other key infrastructures in order to lure new business if a large share of its budget is eaten up by disproportionate health care benefits and pension funding of municipal employees.

The News Tribune can help by sharing more about how we, the taxpayers, are funding these runaway benefits programs and come election time share how close a relationship exists between our elected officials and their endorsers.

Yes, our public servants deserve our support and a fair wage, but this elephant in the closet for many municipalities – including Tacoma – must be addressed in order for fiscally responsible elected officials to truly do their jobs which is to serve the needs of entire community, not just a select group.


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