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Where’s the Taxpayer Outrage?
Gary Wellings, Chief Editor
Once again politicians have shown how in bed they are with their union financiers. It’s not just Washington DC that’s on the grift. Did the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners approve 10 year union contracts last week to help the union leadership avoid the possibility of losing membership dues by skirting the State of Michigan’s new Right to Work law?
Now legislators in Lansing are looking to punish state universities, school districts and municipalities who are in essence trying to subsidize union leaders and the funders of their own campaigns. Sound harsh? It’s meant to be. How much longer will we continue to vote for politicians who put the wants of the few over the needs of the taxpayers?
The entire Washtenaw County Board approved the exceedingly long and extraordinary contracts with the exception of lone dissenter Commissioner Dan Smith who voted no because he felt there was not enough data shown as to how this could affect the county long term. We should all thank Commissioner Smith for thinking equally of the taxpayers of the county and not just the 1300+ well paid county employees.
The remaining County Commissioners should be ashamed of themselves and we as voters should be outraged at their singleminded decision to protect those who fund their political campaigns. Election time is not that far off, start reminding your friends and neighbors now how these politicians put themselves and their employees ahead of the common good.
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