Of course the glaring difference between the one million dollar budget of yesteryear and our current 354 million dollar budget of today is obvious. But one item that seems to have been a constant is that pensions have always remained a large part of the budget in our state. The largest part of the budget was $86,945 for pensions. Today our pensions cost us upwards of 87 million.
For too long the taxpayer has suffered the requirement to give bloated pensions to our retired civil servants. Many of these "retirees" obtain second jobs in government while collecting pensions. Our own assemblyman David Rible retired at age 31 as a wall police officer due to a supposed back injury. He has since competed in many marathons and seems to be in perfect health.
Our own police chief will retire soon and receive a fat pension as well for his dedicated and selfless commitment to our town.
The main difference between government service now and in 1936 is there were much less parlor meetings with Greenwald'a delicious finger foods to eat before you got that big fat pension in 1936.