Personally I don't feel that unionized employees in Scranton have been "burned". Have they been subject to inept political leadership? Sure they have, but that's life in Scranton, where we all have been burned by inept politicians. What's more, some of that inept leadership they helped elect. In the end though, it's tough to dispute the fact that city government has traditionally been over-influenced by the people that work in city government. In a political system that values votes & money over competence, police and firemen have always been able to deliver both.
I will note here that the Mulligan campaign is guilty of comparing apples & oranges in their press release. Citing a comparison between loaded (salary + benefits) and unloaded pay exaggerates something that actually doesn't need to be exaggerated. It would be enough to say that firemen earn "three times" what the average Scrantonian does; why the need to make it look worse is beyond me.
Regardless, the overall theme of the press release seems fairly well spot-on to me: Bill Courtright is more concerned with city employees, particularly police and firemen, than he is with city taxpayers.
Lastly, I'll gladly post any response(s) that the Courtright campaign chooses to provide unaltered on the blog; communications can be directed to my email address. As I've done with the Mulligan material, I do reserve the right to comment on it as I see fit.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Matthew Beynon - (703) 307-8633
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Recipe For Scranton Bankruptcy
Courtright Believes Unions Have Been "Burned"
SCRANTON, PA - At a time when Scranton's fiscal health is teetering on the brink, Scranton mayoral candidate Bill Courtright continues to campaign as a union lemming leading Scranton off the fiscal cliff that awaits the city - even defending the unions as having been "burned" in negotiations that have set Scranton down an unsustainable fiscal path.
But it's not as though the unions have been losing, Scranton's municipal unions currently cost the Scranton taxpayers FIVE TO SIX TIMES more per year than the average Scrantonian makes.
Yet Scranton's municipal unions want more and, unfortunately for Scranton taxpayers, they've found their candidate in Bill Courtright.
If Bill Courtright believes the unions have "been burned too many times," then it's clear that Scranton cannot afford Bill Courtright!
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