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Op-ed column: Contracts should be made public for the taxpayer before they are finally ratified

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The financial crisis, rooted in a lack of disclosure about the true costs of exotic securities, has dramatized the need for greater transparency and accountability in both the private and public sector. But many counties, municipalities and school districts across New York state keep the public in the dark about tentative labor contracts, which are a key driver of local property taxes. Contract details frequently are kept secret until after the deals are ratified — ...

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November 18, 2008
2:55 p.m.

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I love how everyone slams the "state work force" or just lump us all into the "public service unions".

How about someone (Gazette, Times Union or Lise Bang-Jensen) do a real study.
Find out how many political appointees there are (those whith no civil service and those who took big promotions-again by political appointment) and look at what they make/cost the state. Find out how many contractors the state has hired and see what it cost vs having state workers do the job.
While we are at are our elected officials going to take a pay cut, give up benefits.

I support a house hold of 4 on $60,000.00 and when I retire I can expect a great pension of maybe $40,000.00

WOW lets see you live on that