Unions and pensions are a big problem, even here in PUSD
Original post made by Concerned, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on May 18, 2010
""It's just kicking the can down the road a couple years," he said. "The deficits don't go away when you don't address them with ongoing solutions." "
Unions and their pensions are the problem everywhere in California: from education to cities, they are driving everything to bankruptcy. The problem must be addressed, end the pensions and start fresh; declare bankruptcy if you need to in order to get out of the unreasonable obligations that are not sustainable anymore.
In PUSD, the problem of budget deficits will continue until the root cause is addressed. This coming year, the PUSD board feels proud to have gotten concessions, but they are ignoring the big problem and next year we will hear cries again about not having enough money. Freeze step and column, re-negotiate contracts with the unions, get smart for once. If bankruptcy is what is needed, do it, it may be bad temporarily but in the long run, it will save our district a lot of money and prevent deep cuts to programs.