Scranton Firefighters make minimum wage
Just for discussion's sake, I know that this goes a little more broader then just firefighters/firefighting but they are included too.
It's really tough in this region, its hard to find a job..period..that is full time, pays somewhat decent, and maybe includes some type of medical benefits, which I think is why a lot of people just don't have the money to be paying tax increases every year. Include the fact that the cost of living is so low in the city that it attracts a lot of lower income people who may be on welfare (not trying to start a bashing thread where it is I work 3 jobs, while you are on welfare) who just don't have the income to be able to pay the outrageous taxes that in this case need to be paid in order to bring the city back from where they are now.
There is definitely a shared blame/responsibility between the city's political officials, and the cities inhabitants. The people who live in the city, as well as cities across the nation buy into this "we won't raise your taxes, blah blah blah" but then as the cost of everything goes up over the years they expect the same type of services provided i.e. roads plowed, roads repaired, fire and EMS (Scranton FD does not run EMS) but a lot of city and county FD's in similar situations do, as well as police and trash pick up....sure, gas was $1.35 7 years ago but minimum wage was like $5.25? so it is really all relative if you think about it, but the people expect the same, for less money because they buy into the politicians crap like a bunch of sheep, and the politicians are to blame because they miss-use the funds they have, and lie to the people about the tax/financial situation until it explodes in their faces like it has done here.
You may or may not agree with the fact that Scranton firefighters make more money then a lot of other metropolitan departments who do a lot more work, in areas that may be a lot more dangerous (Camden NJ comes to mind), and in area's where the cost of living is substantially more expensive.( a decent 2-3 bedroom apt in a decent area of Scranton runs around 700-800 dollars, the same apartment in Philly or NYC, or metro DC would easily run 1200 dollars plus) note: this is not a union vs. non-union volly vs. paid bashing thread either.
I think its awful that people's families have to suffer because of the people they elect to represent them and run their city. There are people who may or may not lose their homes now, kids will be effected, people's way of lives are going to be turned upside down because of the lies politicians weaved and the idiot masses who believed them.
**there are many more links on the topic available, i selected 2, but The union pres. was on MSNBC last night, and I'm sure there are more then enough articles/news stories that can give you guys a more in depth picture.**