And the COT is funding it with 27% of pay additional per year to the fund because of losses dating back to 2013. Find another employer that would contribute that much to a retirement account.
Only for public "servants."
Debbie L. Police and Fire are covered by the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. Its a state wide plan and is run by the State-not the City. So, no, that is not exactly what Tucson is doing.
Dallas has frozen Police and Fire pensions because they have over promised and over spent. Dangerous combination, but it is exactly what Tucson is doing.
I agree the roads in Tucson are beyond bad and it doesn't help that for decades many have been used for storm drainage, but have you watched road repair projects in Tucson over the years?
They usually take place along the same stretches of roadway and involve using the cheapest means possible to cosmetically repair what is in essence a sprayed-on surface that couldn't standup to golf cart traffic. Then in six months, when the new paint has faded and the same pot holes appear, they start it all over again.
People want good roads but until someone has a plan that actually builds roadways to last stop with the new taxes, which is the point of my original post that local politicians have no new solutions or ideas beyond throwing money -- other people's money -- at the problem.
It's been 25 years since the gas tax has been raised. It certainly has not kept pace with inflation, meanwhile mileage has improved greatly and we have a huge pent up demand for more roads, better roads, more lanes and "wheninhell is ADOT going to fix SR whatever". To add insult to injury, our circumspect legislature has raided HURF dollars (money from the feds) to fund DPS. IMHO, we need to do two things; (1) increase the gas tax, the time has never been better, (2) pass legislation that will keep the legislators sticky fingers out of highway construction funds.
Let's quit with "No taxes at all cost mantra" and do what needs to be done.
So gas prices are our economy of scale? No taxes increased for this wasteful bunch if I can help it. Cut spending, reduce bloated pensions and fix the roads.
Hey why not rob RICO funds again? Maybe build a restaurant for all of us.
So let me see if I got this right...
If Huckelberry gets his way property taxes in Pima County would go down, but if a metropolitan public transit authority is created property taxes would go up, right?
For all the hype we hear about individual politicians and political bodies getting paid to make the tough decisions and navigate the ins and outs of government, how come the only solution we ever end up with is more taxes?
The bus system suffers because ridership is concentrated among the poor and the young. I suggest closing city and county employee parking lots and offering discounted bus passes. Pressure school districts, the University and hospitals to follow suit and we'd transform Tucson. Time to become a city instead of a swarm of gas-guzzling roadbugs.
Try reading your comment again, and this time try doing some deep thinking analysis of what you said. Come on, give it a go man, it's the only way you will learn.
The Twitterer-in-chief only saved 1,100 out of approximately 2,000 jobs on the line with a special incentive paid to Carrier of $700,000 a year for the next 10 years, which will come out of Indianas state budget, to keep the factory open. No wonder his casinos went bankrupt.
And jobs he delivered...today.
Don't worry about the Grand Canyon. I'm sure it and every other National Park are under consideration for new Trump hotels and resorts. The Twitterer-in-chief promised jobs and thanks to America's untapped natural resources and treasures just lying there for the taking, well let's just say you better see them sooner than later.
Nitzel is just a tool of Huckleberry.
Please dont try to explain Medicare when it is painfully obvious that you know nothing about it.
Raytheon has a $1.6 billion profit the first 3/4 of 2016 -- so why do they need our taxpayer dollars?
Raytheon has also laid of hundreds of workers locally and in other states in recent years. Why is no one even asking if there will be a net gain or loss of jobs?
Jim Nintzel calls reportage in the online Arizona Daily Independent "general bullshit." You can compare the corporate " incentives" story in Monday's ADI (November 28) with this column and decide for yourself which better deserves that title.
When it comes to Raytheon, let's stop the entire "it's all good if it increases jobs" BS. You'll get my support for such policies when Raytheon shifts to an all communications technology company or something of the sort instead of a company that relies on a corrupt, illegal war machine. Ya think?
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This whole story is anti taxpayer. The city wants to increase sales tax while the county has to increase property taxes because none of them can manage money. And Miller is the nutcase?
Did you just claim that the ACA was unnaffordable? Well welcome to the party. Doctors had to be cotoff from Medicare money to fund ACA so seniors are left holding an unfullfilled promise oncecagain. I know, lets raise the age of eligibilty and hope that more die off before they qualify. It worked for SS. Not.
Once again we need leaders, not liars.
TUSD needs to improve in many areas. I'm optimistic that the new governing board will make progress in reversing the downward trend.
I'm also pleased that Dr. Stegeman will return to ask more of the hard questions the public needs to have answered.
Perhaps, with the addition of Rachael Sedgwick to the board, the consensus will trend toward more transparency and accountability. That seems to be what the voters wanted.
Then just keep up the good work. We appreciate what you are trying to do for the children.
As for Foster's viewpoint, others can speculate about that. I periodically renew a longstanding offer to meet her for a cup of coffee, but after more than three years I am not optimistic that it will ever be accepted.
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