I am walking the 5th District and talking to people who are at home when I knock on their door.
People are mostly satisfied with what is happening in our district. They are however concerned about the city's finances and are particularly upset about the costs of pensions. Even when I explain the pensions were increased in lieu of salary increases -- it doesn't matter.
People working in the private sector are hurting and without pensions. They want government to know that and to find a way to reduce tax obligations.
Government cannot take away pensions and unless collective bargaining agreements are open or the unions agree to open them, increasing employee contributions to pensions can't happen for a while.
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