More alarmist behavior, more veiled “YOU, public, MUST pay dearly not the unions who will vote us back into office.” Don’t be fooled folks. The answers are simple for Abercrombie (who is actually off to a good start with this getting rid of Medicare Part B, etc.), the mayor, etc.:
● make the decision cut, cut, cut like you owe NO one.
● audit. Those who don’t need public program benefits (i.e., million or so stashed away; income from another source), cut ‘em loose. DON’T depend on questionnaires sent and/or visits by social workers to determine who gets what.
● change the laws. Session has started. Stop wasting time demanding apologies from radio celebrities who’ll have his lawyers (if it GETS that far) handle the request in NO time and stop wasting time signing into law benefits for a select few couples (benefits, mind you, that the state will have to provide as deductions on income tax returns. Good going, civil unions).
● understand that there are no more curtains to hide behind. The public is sick of taxes and will rise up; I mean, it’s the trend right now.
Abercrombie’s got just under four years.
Carlisle, a bit less.
That’s still a lonnnnnng time. The whole archipelgo is watching. Get going.
Carlisle wants to cut the pay and benefits of the police and firemen? Those are basic municipal services that those men and women provide to the city.
Did you notice that he did not talk about cutting the benefits to the bus drivers who make over $100,000 per year in salaries and benefits? All he has to do is to cut the payment to the bus company from $130 million, that’s right MILLION, to some thing reasonable like $30 million and tell the bus company to cut the pay and benefits of the bus drivers.
If the bus drivers don’t like it, then contract the services out to Roberts Hawaii drivers who are poorly paided and overworked like the rest of us.
As it stands now, for every bus ride the city property tax payers supplements over $6.00 per ride. The real economic cost of a bus ride is around $8.50.