This Mayor just does not get it. We are not asking for charity or a pay raise. When you quit taking 5% of our earnings, it is not a damn pay raise. The budget shenanigans and spin coming from Gimenez has to stop. Everyone knew that the contracts called for an end to this mandatory 5% payroll contribution on January 1, 2014.
Is it so hard to just keep your word?
In his veto message, Gimenez says he found $10 Million hiding somewhere and he wants to be Santa Claus and “assist those employees at the lower end of the pay scale.” Gimenez is still demanding 5% from everybody, but he wants to put some bonus cash in the stockings “of those that the Board has expressed their desire to help.” When did the Board define a particular class of employees they wanted to help? The Board voted to end this unwarranted tax on all employees. The Mayor is hoping that when you give employees $1,000 they will forget they are giving up $2,000. Does he think we are stupid?
Who runs a government with this kind of payroll high jinks? These gimmicks and tricks make it look like fools are running this government. No wonder those Wall Street people are taking a dim view of Miami-Dade County. Handing out bonuses and treats is not in our contracts. During the failed negotiations, no one ever mentioned bonuses. We want to be respected for the work we do, and we want to have the dignity of earning a living without paying an income tax, just like everyone else in Florida.
Now that Gimenez has lost, he says he is “ready to work with the Board and the Unions to find a way for all of us to move our community forward.” Amen, brother, losing is sometimes good for the soul. Losing helps the arrogant to see the light.
Gimenez should quit treating employees like dogs and own up to his responsibilities. Every other local government has come out of the recession and is on the road to recovery. Maybe Gimenez should hire a professional manager to run Miami-Dade County. This Strong Mayor thing is just not working for him.