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California: Salaries Redux

Sacramento Bee columnist and weblogger Daniel Weintraub hits on one of the things that’s broken in California finance these days: the costs of salaries and retirement benefits for municipal employees.

LA County Sheriff Lee Baca was among those on hand Thursday to fete Gov. Schwarzenegger for unilaterally sending money to cities and counties to avert law enforcement layoffs threatened by the governor’s recent rollback of the car tax.

Coincidentally, an audit released yesterday of Baca’s department showed that payroll costs increased by one-third and retirement costs tripled in the five-year period ending in 2002.

The results of the audit of the LA County Sheriff’s budget are reported here. See also my earlier posting on the same subject last month.

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