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To repeat: It's all about the pension

It used to be the understanding that the job security enjoyed by public employees was matched by modest salaries compared to the private sector . No more . Now public employees enjoy the best of both worlds.

In the case of Youngstown , the very poor financial reporting and opaque annual budget documents mean it is hard for the public ( or indeed councilpersons ) to isolate out the pension and healthcare
costs by activity & understand how tangible services to the community have to be reduced year by year to accomodate the cost increases of individual employees

In the private sector , employees whose cost has risen well above the value of their output are periodically let go . I know we have to expect some degree of inefficiency as the price we pay for an effective public service , but the inefficiency in Youngstown is so great it impacts its effectiveness ..

April 16, 2014 at 4:23 p.m. suggest removal

Jennifer Roller named president of Wean Foundation

"The Mahoning Valley likes to have its own people who know the Valley in positions of leadership""
Otherwise known as xenophobia , or cronyism

April 15, 2014 at 11:02 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown firefighters union says money is missing from its account

I hope they don't rush to replace Rush as a Captain , either through recruitment or promotion. The Dept already has a captain for about every 2 firefighters. That would add insult to injury to Youngstown taxpayers .

April 15, 2014 at 5:32 p.m. suggest removal

Judge: Youngstown tolerated officer's violation of federal rights

There also needs to be an investigation into the retaliatory prosecutions of Ms Johnson & Ms Weston , which appeared to arise from a "without cause" traffic stop.

Lt Mercer should not have been allowed to have anything to do with the prosecutions , given the possibility of conflicted interest because Ms Johnson already had the civil suit against him . In most cities , progress on all lawsuits by or against the city would be regularly reported to the Mayor .

April 10, 2014 at 6:16 p.m. suggest removal

Possible signals from lost jet's black boxes heard

They'll find the plane in a red herring habitat .

April 8, 2014 at 6:11 a.m. suggest removal

Boardman tightens up budget

Funny . Youngstown City budgets about 10 times as much as Boardman for only twice the population as it .
In Boardman , you can see easily where the money is spent . In Youngstown , you scratch your head and wonder .

April 7, 2014 at 8:26 a.m. suggest removal

Some workers got 2 or 3 raises, 11 got 40% or more

There should be NO overall increases to budget allowed for seniority increases . There must be an assumption that the increase buys increased productivity , which means budgeted personnel numbers can be reduced., starting with the senior ranks . .

April 6, 2014 at 11:31 a.m. suggest removal

Police chief is asking eyewitnesses to come forward

What was the family doing still up at midnight ?

April 2, 2014 at 9:47 p.m. suggest removal

Northside residents have hope for Youngstown

The YNDC is focusing people on what's been lost , instead of the opportunities which remain . Any improvement calls for positive energy . Negative energy achieves nothing .
Youngstown has created plenty of new high paying jobs in the last decade , but they have largely gone to non residents because locals weren't skilled enough to fill them . Building people's skills will pay the biggest dividends .

April 2, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. suggest removal

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