How about a column exploring the value or lack of value that government unions bring to society? The principle that properly has followed unions in the past - namely, that the ultimately limited pockets of the employer keeps demands within reason - does not apply to government unions. They recognize that the ease with which their 'employers' (in practice, the elected officials that negotiate, but in fact the taxpayers) can obtain additional money to satisfy their demands (simply by raising taxes) removes the 'union-controlling principle' that private employee unions must follow. More money for education leads inevitably mostly to money for higher pay for the school unions, both teachers and other employees. When you compare private school costs, check the teacher salaries. A great many of private school teachers are well paid indeed, but far more are working for a pittance by comparison with public school teachers. Check it out.
$100000 teachers? Probably a better idea than so many $100000 County bureaucrats. However, many teachers, if not most, are paid well above the average Pima County salary - it may take a few years. To say all teachers are underpaid is a well honed myth, sharpened by comments from the media and unions.
Pima County is too damned big. Its problems do not stem from money. They are caused by our lack of suburbs demanding city benefits - roads, mostly, but also law enforcement, zoning protection and the rest - while getting Tucson citizens paying for their goodies. We need to be able to force the suburbs (Green Valley, Foothills, u name it) to incorporate. Until then, NO on these higher taxes.
Who the hell cares about streets in the county? Why should the biggest taxpayers in the county, citizens of Tucson, pay for streets for the fools who refuse to incorporate to qualify for state money? Tucson needs decent streets. The hell with unincorporated Pima County. Ditch this bond issue - FAST.
i was in business for several decades, successfully. The minimum wage actually enabled me to pay less than a job was worth! Particularly students would want to take a job for a few days to do a special project for me. I needed that project and would have paid 10-12 per hour if I had to. As I recall the minimum wage was about 8 per hour. When I asked the applicants what they expected that's what they said and that's what they got! I like the minimum wage; it keeps wages down and thus helps business!
"nine of the 10 hottest years on record have occurred since 2000." That kind of phrase is very unscientific. Please, tell us how long we actually have the 'record' you cite? This whole diatribe from the premier Tucson diatribist is probably referring to those of us who claim (1) that climate change today is not scientifically proven to be human-caused and (2) that nonetheless many of the actions advocated to slow human-caused climate change are easily propounded as good for humanity without throwing in that speculative argument. We do NOT deny climate change, we acknowledge instead that climate change is a natural occurence with which we must cope to the best of our abilities, by conserving and developing new sources of water, by working on all forms of energy sources, by working to reduce air pollution and so forth. Why clutter up the need for these tasks by asserting we have to believe we are somehow affecting the natural climate change of this planet?
Is it possible, Tom, that you could recognize a couple of truths:
First, state legislators honestly believe that what they are doing is best for the state.
(That would make your snippy sarcasms more difficult to write, though - easier to do it as you do.)
Second, that state legislators ask for campaign support from interests they genuinely believe in, and support their beliefs in their votes, not because they got a little campaign money.
(Would any Republican expect campaign support from the Teacher's Union or Planned Parenthood powers-that-control-the-purse strings or Tucson Weekly?)
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