WHAT: A state audit of the Connecticut Department of Social Services shows the agency has made monthly cash benefits payments to welfare recipients after they’ve already died. Read More
WHAT: Because deaths were not reported, more than $600 million in payments for retired or disabled federal workers kept coming after they died, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: In one case, a beneficiary’s son received payments for 37 years after his father’s death in 1971. The illegal payments totaling more than $515,000 were only discovered when the son died in 2008. Read More
Despite the recent replacement of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Executive Director Nathaniel Ford with Ed Reiskin and a new labor contract, it is not yet a new day at Muni. Read More
It was more than surprising — actually shocking — to discover the latest woe that has befallen thousands of America’s military veterans trying to appeal disability benefits claims that were initially rejected by Department of Veterans Affairs adjudicators. Read More
A silver lining in the dark cloud of the recession that began in 2008 is that it has awakened the nation’s beleaguered private sector workers to the fact that government employees are prospering at their expense.
For the private sector, the recession meant layoffs, pay cuts and reduced benefits. State and local employees felt nary a scratch. Read More
As public-sector unions protest over cuts to their taxpayer-funded benefits in Wisconsin, James Poulos offers an insight so simple and so insightful, it's been bouncing around in my head all day: Read More
Columnist James Ahearn of New Jersey's Bergen Record has a great column today on, of all things, the stagehands at New York city's top performing arts venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. These are not highly skilled or technical jobs but take a gander at how much they are paid: Read More
For decades, public sector unions have peddled the fantasy that government employees were paid less than their counterparts in the private sector. In fact, the pay disparity is the other way around. Government workers, especially at the federal level, make salaries and benefits that are scandalously higher than those paid to private sector workers. Read More
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Hiring locals can be good for the environment.
That’s the message that a local nonprofit, which lobbies city leaders on local workforce and clean energy issues, plans to start sharing at City Hall. Read More