The third time must be the charm...you would hope.
Next Tuesday, the county commission will once again have the chance to end the 5% contribution madness. At this point, from what I am hearing, most everyone is fine with the decision the hospital workers got from Migoya, the head of the hospital. For the Jackson employees, 3% of the payroll deduction goes away on January 1st and the remaining 2% will stop on September 30th. Good enough. At least this healthcare “smoke and mirrors” contribution, a payroll deduction that has been in place since 2009, will be over with this year.
The best thing that could happen on Tuesday is the Stingy Five don’t arrive - on time. The five commissioners that have been siding with the Mayor – Heyman, Zapata, Bovo, Bell and Sosa – should show some courage and independence and just miss the veto override vote. They should arrive after the motion to override the veto has been approved! Here are some ready-made excuses for missing the vote:
Ø Bell: “I was meeting with the Superintendent Kimball of
Everglades National Park. I had this bold idea to share with him. I
think we should put a chain link fence around the River of Grass. It
will keep the water in the Park.”
Ø Heyman: “ I was at a National Association of County conference. I never miss a tax-paid junket. I was at the Healthy Counties Conference in San Diego and my return flight was delayed.”
Ø Zapata: “I live in Kendall. Hay mucho trafico.” (actually I was at the Property Appraiser's office but don't tell anyone.)
Ø Bovo: “ I was busy helping Mayor Hernandez remove signs off of government buildings in Hialeah.”
Ø Sosa: “With all the bad weather, I was busy pumping water out of West Miami. You know, the little city where I live is a drainage basin for Coral Gables.”
We will not be upset if any one of the five arrives late on Tuesday. Even better, one of the five could just tell the Mayor they are sick and tired of him and his little veto pen. Tell Gimenez to just keep that thing in his pocket! It is time to quit messing with the employees. Let us have a final decision on Tuesday. To the eight commissioners who have been voting to end this unjustified paycheck deduction, we wish you success on Tuesday.