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Early retirement

June 9, 2010 - Shawn Paulus

Legislator Larry Barmore is frustrated that the “emergency resolution” for the early retirement incentive didn’t make it to the floor. He is blaming the Democrats for this. OK he’s right on that point. He says that all he has heard is how they need to start filling this hole in next year’s budget. Again, he’s right on that point. He says this is a sure-fire way and it couldn’t even make it to the floor for discussion. Again, I will say he is right. So far, so good! He then adds that he knows it isn’t going to come anywhere close to filling the hole that the county executive has identified, but they need to start chipping away with a hundred grand here and a hundred grand there. OK, right again!


But, that is where I am going to stop saying he is right.


This is the same legislator who has voted no twice to downsize. He voted no on the elimination of his pay. He has called all these votes a “diversion.” That they need to get to the problem of closing the hole in next year’s budget. I and a large number of people think that by downsizing and/or eliminating the pay is a way to, “chip away” at the giant hole in the budget that our elected officials have created.


How can you stand there on your soap box and blame the Democrats for not bring this to the floor? You say you need to “chip away” but if it concerns you directly like downsizing and elimination of pay, you and your Republican buddies are the ones voting no and calling it a “diversion.” Practice what you preach Mr. Barmore, let’s get to chipping away.


Politics! Wow! Just like High School a click here and a click there. Or, is it like a bunch of first graders no he did it, no she did it. It’s not my fault, it is their fault.   




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