The LuLac Edition #1957, February 22nd, 2012
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AUSTERITY & THE COUNTY
Even though Luzerne County Council passed a budget last week, and it appears the Prison union might make some concessions, a letter writer to the Times Leader had it correct when he stated the County should adopt a plan of austerity in the next few years. Here are his thoughts:
Time for Luzerne County to turn toward austerity
It seems that we are at a “Y” in the road and Luzerne County has a choice to make. Is it going to continue this policy of short fixes for mounting debt, or is it going to have a new day in Luzerne County?
People who work for the county already have decent salaries and benefits. Since they work for the residents of Luzerne County, it is time they share more in its financial survival. Union representative Paula Schnelly told council members to come to the courthouse and watch the laid-off workers cry. I suggest to Ms. Schnelly that she have the remaining workers – who won’t take a 2012 wage freeze or give up 12 days of paid work to help save their fellow workers’ jobs – come down and watch them cry.
Interim County Manager Tom Pribula feels Chief Public Defender Al Flora will sue the county no matter what because the council is not providing his financial request. It is refreshing to note that the manager can, with council confirmation, put someone in that office who will cooperate.
Councilman Rick Williams said it perfectly. We have to adopt a serious austerity concept that brings us out of this quagmire a leaner, stronger, more efficient county.
Let’s hope we take that road, because we cannot continue down the one we are on now.