2013-02-06 / Front Page

Mayor James Altadonna says reduced state aid is a community concern; begins lobbying effort to ensure that Massapequa gets its fair share

by Carolyn James

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Who should really pay their

Who should really pay their fair share? "Paying our/their fair share" seems to be the catch phrase of this century. I agree with Mayor Altadonna to some degree & from a different view point. I also believe the fair share missed is from the public sector, not a fault of public employees per say. But by a growing system of take, take, take by progressive unsound policies. The President wants the successful to pay their fair share; even though the average self-made millionaire has been bankrupt or failed an average between 3.2 to 11 times before they become successful, depending on the era of birth according to a study a Tulane University and others. Notice, I don't include inherited wealth. This next statement will be provocative. Many public employees don't pay their fair share because of union pressures on sound business and economic policies & greed. Remember public employees pay very little tax revenues. Why? Because their salaries are nothing more than recycled tax dollars from private sector tax revenues. Any public employee only generates between 12-20%, a generous & conservative estimate according to GAO, and new tax revenues through private sector product purchases. Public employees with similar education & qualifications receive 2% higher base pay, 48% benefit package & 16% greater benefits after retirement, again according CBO another government office. So the mayor is absolutely correct in demanding we hold the state controller & his management team accountable for the bad investments they make with our, the citizens of NYS, mandated payments for pension & benefit funds through our property & school taxes. The only thing the mayor has not addressed is state, school & local government need to operate within their present budgets. Some local municipalities, towns and counties do very well or at least make concerted efforts to do so. However, school districts, most county governments and all federal & state agencies never seem to operate within a solid budget or ever reduce a budget that is why we have all the deficits at all levels. This must stop because the private sector individuals & businesses cannot afford rising costs produced by the public sector. Henry Teja Massapequa Park,NY BBA/BS-CJ/MS-PA, Former businessman 41 yrs: 4 industries: retail/wholesale, construction, manufacturing & security

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