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Press: Aim Low On City Hall Raises

As this newspaper has documented several times over recent years, Coeur d'Alene city employees are among the best paid workers around. Add to their ample average earnings a benefits package that exceeds anything the local private sector can offer, and city employees are the envy of many. We have no desire to unleash another personal attack on city personnel. We've seen and heard enough of that in the wake of the McEuen quake. While most of the thunder behind the recent recall movement rumbled because of the controversial park, a lightning bolt or two was generated by the disparity between what the typical private-sector worker receives and what her or his counterpart at the city receives. With that in mind, we respectfully ask city officials and their employees from three separate unions to consider how short-term gain is likely to increase long-term pain/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Do you support 3 percent raises for city of Coeur d'Alene workers?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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