At last night’s budget hearing, council members, listened to citizens talk about how they, and many other residents, simply cannot afford yet another tax hike.
At one point I actually thought council chairmen Mike Merritt was listening, when he asked Karen Ceppa-Hirko to repeat line 12 of her plan, but reading his comment in today’s Times Leader, proved he’s still sipping the Kool-Aid.
Council Chairman Mike Merritt said after the meeting “Nobody wants to raise taxes or lay people off,” “Yes, we will look at everything – including the administration. But a lot of those people have been in those jobs for years. If they were in the private sector, those jobs would pay a lot more.”
Wake Up, Mikey most of the King’s court are useless dead weight, and talking parrots who couldn’t find a job in the private sector if their life depended on it.
- Point: A former city administrator who after milking the city for years as a do nothing, lying about charitable successes, then defrauded our parking authority out of tens of thousands in supposed consulting fees, he finally landed a job in what private sector? Oh ya, yet another City Government. (Poor Hobbs)
Fact is these people would be fired from Hostess for their level of performance, or lack thereof!!
Linda Urban presented a list of city employees and their salaries – about $14.7 million. “Oh, my God,” she said as she read off some of the numbers. “I think you people in the administration should be the first to be cut. It’s not necessary that you make all this money when people are being laid off.”
- Linda is as usual RIGHT on the money!!!
The same newspapers, who endorsed this Shyster for King, have been calling for the King to now "lead by example", and take a pay cut himself: Mayor should lead by example but our anointed one responded with “In my nine years in office I never once took a pay raise, so in a sense I’ve already done my part.”
- Sure you have Your Lordship! Let’s get past the fact that you’re the highest paid mayor in the region, and 3rd highest in the state, only trailing 1st class city’s, when we are a 3rd class city!
What have other Mayors done when their towns were troubled:
Who could forget when Mayor Chris Doherty of Scranton took more than a 4% pay decrease, when he reduced his salary from $50,000 to $45,000 in 2007, but looking further we found that, this type of “Lead By Example” mentality is trending across the nation, take a look:
The above links are just a few examples of TRUE leadership, something our Shyster King campaigned heavily on, but is sorely lacking.
Wake Up Wilkes Barre