February was a busy month for TAB.
We hope March will be just as interesting
On the website you will find some new material on pension reform and how it relates to the county budget, some thoughts on public sector compensation, and a link to the Palm Beach Post editorial that used our data to argue for restraint in Fire/Rescue compensation. See the links below.
On the county government front, the schedule for the 2012 budget workshops starting June 13 is available. To view the entire calendar, click HERE. Also, mark your calendar for the April 5 County Commission meeting where proposals for charter changes will be discussed. This is an evening meeting (6:00pm) - an experiment. Many people have asked for regular evening meetings and this will be a test of turnout - if you would like to see more evening meetings, consider attending this one.
Thank you for your interest in responsible government spending.
The TAB Team
Highlights Governor's FRS reform worth close to $100M / year to Palm Beach County (with schools included) Senate bill SB1130 implements only portions - reducing savings to about $30M Any change in special risk accruals are strongly opposed by the police and fire unions The legislature lacks the... [Read More...]
The Town of Palm Beach County Budget Task Force, a TAB coalition partner, has adjusted its goals under new chairperson Mayor Gail Coniglio. Members Carla Cove, Erica Elliot, Bobbi Horwich, Bruce McAllister and Jere Zenko reached consensus on 4 areas of focus: Continue working with TAB on county budget... [Read More...]
With the conflict over public employee compensation raging in Wisconsin and likely to spread across the country, there are still misconceptions about how public employees are compensated (and how well), the role of unions in setting the levels of compensation, and the political aspects that typically... [Read More...]
Our study of county pay and benefits ( Palm Beach County Pay and Benefits - How Much is Enough? ) was recently referenced in a Post editorial ( Rein in fire-rescue costs: Pay that was reasonable in better times no longer is ) regarding Fire/Rescue compensation. We came to the conclusion that the... [Read More...]
In a recently released study, the nonpartisan LeRoy Collins Institute at Florida State has concluded that many local governments throughout the state cannot afford the pension obligations they have promised to their employees. According to the Sally Kestin, in a Sun-Sentinel article today, municipal... [Read More...]
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