Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Stuff No One has asked about SB 5

Joe Cogliano had an excellent article in the Dayton Business News and published here on CountyNewsOnLine. He cited some good figures that are probably pretty accurate and noted that a state of Ohio worker’s salary was about 33% higher than the average worker here in the Buckeye State.

He also talked about those guys in California making $800,000 as a city manager which is ludicrous. But I’m not so worried about that and I’ll tell you why.

Not Joe Cogliano, not John Kasich, not any senators or congressmen anywhere has asked the question, “How did that happen”? Everyone I’ve ever known has a boss of some kind. If those dudes in California, the most bankrupt state in the Union had the guts to stand up and say, “I need $800,000 to do my job”. Where was the dude or dudes or dudettes to say ----- “WHY?”

Most supervisors at the state level make between $70,000 and $80,000 a year. That’s because the state decided that it would probably be a good idea to pay them more than the labor force. Makes good sense and gives a person something to shoot for, or it would seem.

So we’re back to Kasich saying that the Unions caused the supervisors in state government to get high pay I suppose. I’ve asked this question about a 1000 times now. When is someone going to ask the Who got it, where did it happen, why did it happen, and how did it happen questions. There has been a writing frenzy about all of the money problems and a lot of people have pointed their fingers at what they thought was the problem, but till now we don’t have one solid example in Ohio of the stuff Kasich has said is happening.

And it looks like we’ll never find out because SB 5 is going to take care of the problem so there won’t be any need to dig any deeper on the subject.

As for me, I think living in California must be pretty good. If you can work in a place that doesn’t have any money and still take home $800,000, it has to be a good place. Since his town must be able to manufacture money, maybe he should have taken Arnold’s place.

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