If you want to know what the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation budgeted for overtime, the department’s budget overview online specifically details the amount: $105 million for fiscal year 2011-12.
For health care services? Two billion.
Inmate education and activities? Sixty-six million.
What is the truth about defined benefit retirement plans? They offer higher benefits at a lower cost; they keep retired people from becoming a public burden; they attract quality workers and they are a real deal for taxpayers.
A new report by Local 1000’s Research Department tells you how.
Recommendations here will improve collection on owed taxes, which includes lowering the threshold for liens, publicizing corporate names of tax evaders and allowing flexible work hours for collectors to coincide with business hours.
The state could rein in spending by rebuilding and strengthening its own information technology services rather than spending billions on contracting for them and spending twice as much for contract workers.