The city of Stockton, California is bankrupt, following more than a decade of a Bacchanalian feasting on taxpayer dollars, including the creation of a lifetime medical benefit for city employees, and the provision of the most-generous “3 percent at 50” pension system to its highly-paid public safety officials. Yet as Steven Greenhut reports, Stockton city workers who attended the unveiling of a new report detailing the dangerous trends in public-employee compensation in California on Wednesday night complained about cuts in their compensation packages that are causing hardship for them and their city. Greenhut would like to remind those workers that the purpose of government is to provide services to the public, not enrich the people who work for it.
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