"Corruptus in Extremis"
A State pay raise to union workers hits Jerry Brown's desk the
same time as a $54,400 union campaign contribution to
the Governor's campaign committee.
Corrupt Money - It all depends what you do with it. If a politician hides a bribe for services rendered in his freezer he can go to jail. But if that same politician deposits that same bribe in his campaign account then it is "legal".
Either way the taxpayers are fucked.
Temporary tax increases recently approved by voters are paying off for the People's Republic of California's largest public employees' union.
The state Senate this week, following earlier approval in the Assembly, ratified a three-year agreement that gives the 95,000 members of Service Employees International Union Local 1000 4.5 percent pay raises by July 1, 2015. The agreement was negotiated between the union and the People's Governor Jerry Brown.
Democrats used their two-thirds supermajority in the Senate on Wednesday to approve AB1377 on a 27-8 vote, sending the bill containing the agreement to the Socialist Democratic Governor for his signature. temporary tax increases recently approved by voters are paying off for California's largest public employees' union. ..
They acted days after SEIU 1000 gave Brown's 2014 re-election campaign committee $54,400.
"We don't really have any comment on that specific contribution," union spokesman Jim Zamora said. "But it is worth noting that SEIU Local 1000 worked very hard in 2010 to elect Jerry Brown and to defeat (Republican) Meg Whitman. Nothing has changed in terms of our support for him."
A spokesman for the governor would not comment on the timing of the contribution, opting instead to address the contract itself reports the San Jose Mercury News.
Only Democrats supported the measure in the Senate, but 10 Republicans voted it for it in the Assembly, where it passed 63-9 last month. That included Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare.
Republicans in the Senate said approving the agreement based on temporary taxes is foolish and a disservice to voters. The quarter cent sales tax hike will expire in four years and the higher income taxes on the wealthy in seven. They said voters were misled by the governor and other supporters of the initiative, Proposition 30, when they said the money would be dedicated to public schools.
"The governor asked Californians this past year to approve a tax increase for education, which we gave him. Today, we are about to give a $1 billion pay raise to the state employees instead," Sen. Tom Berryhill, R-Twain Harte, said during Wednesday's floor debate.
The $1 billion estimate assumes that other state employee unions receive similar raises patterned on the SEIU 1000 pact, Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, said in a statement. He criticized the state giving raises to government workers while others are struggling.
It is the first pay raise for the employees in seven years, said Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, who carried the measure in the Senate. The SEIU contract will cost the state's general fund $130 million a year once the full increase kicks in.