Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tea Party Issue for City Council Races

After interviewing Kim Tran and thinking through the issues facing the city of San Diego, I have decided that the Tea Party litmus test issue for city candidates must be the immediate implementation of the managed competition initiative passed by voters in November, 2006 with a 60% majority. There is no other way for the city to quickly reduce expenses and reduce future pension obligations simultaneously. Every city worker removed from the payroll immediately removes that worker from the defined benefits pension program that is wrecking the city budget. Even if the workers are immediately re-hired by a private firm at the same rate of pay, the immediate shift to a defined contributions plan and off of defined benefits reduces future liability.

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