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To The Editor:

The state of the economy just doesn’t seem to faze any of them at all. It’s no wonder budgets are called spending plans now.

Taxing entities have become self serving. Building themselves nicer places to work and buying the best equipment to make their jobs easier and then want more pay.

We hear the same whine from the county, towns, villages and schools during budget discussions. Having to contend with pay increases, (where do the pay increases come from) increased pension contributions, and increased healthcare premiums for employees.

They portray themselves as victims of increased costs with no culpability. They want more of our money so we have less so they can have more. Sounds like a commercial I’ve recently seen. The continuous pay increases result in higher payroll and pension costs and hence higher taxes.

There is never going to be enough unless we cut services and people. Those are the only solutions as our economic development efforts have been huge failures. Besides all of our economic development money has been handed to Potsdam.

There is no more new money around here. We’ve been dependent on handouts (grants) from bigger government entities for decades with no new wealth to be redistributed.

These entities are confiscating more of the existing wealth leaving less with those who earned it and hold it.

The blame doesn’t rest with the retirement system and the insurance companies alone. The silent people are to blame. The only upside is that with increased salaries we may get better managers than the ones we have now.

Charlie McGrath


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