Oct. 31, 2013
Caption:Councilman Sal DiCiccio
"Mayor Stanton was again the swing vote in a 5-4 vote to keep pension spiking by the Phoenix City Council today, proving he is the union-owned Mayor."
"This is the third time the Mayor has broken his promise to end pension spiking and falls right in line with his broken promise to end the food tax."
"The process was gamed from the beginning with the 10 a.m. Thursday special meeting start time limiting the public’s participation. The proposal passed is one of the least defensible in court, the last minute discovery that local pension boards will have to act on the council’s action, and even the Mayor himself acknowledged most of the changes will require going back through negotiations, the same process that created the problem we are in today."
"By recommitting to the same process we ensured the taxpayers will lose and the unions will win."
"The motion approved also stopped any analysis of other options. Not only is there no cost/savings analysis for the proposal that moved forward but no other alternatives were analyzed so the Council and taxpayers had a clear decision on what would save the most money."
"Bottom line: Unions won today and taxpayers lost. The only real solution will be to support the citizen-driven imitative that will move Phoenix to a 401(K) and stop the pension spiking."