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What will happen if California voters approve Prop. 30? Check out the many bills that moved through the Legislature this session, as legislators crafted new proposed programs and benefit increases for their public-employee constituents.
Before the event, I gave Frates a tour of central Stockton. We drove by the impressive port on the edge of the Delta, past the Ivy-League-looking University of the Pacific campus, through the leafy old neighborhoods near Victory Park, and around the mostly vacant downtown, with its restored Fox Theater and historic buildings. It’s a beautiful old city, but Frates noted the decrepit situation: pothole-filled streets, litter, old shopping carts, graffiti, and scary characters hanging out in city parks and on street corners.
The purpose of government is to provide services to the public, not enrich the people who work for it. The compensation report, and the conditions in the city where it was released, remind us that if elected officials do the latter, we get far less of the former.