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Keep budget by cutting pensions

Your recent story about local City Council members reacting to the mayor’s proposed budget is interesting. While all of them profess the desire to help the middle class by making cuts, none of them talk about cutting spending.

It would seem to me that if we did not pay our municipal workers such munificent health benefits, mostly paid for by taxpayers, and give such wonderful pensions, also paid for by taxpayers, we would have a great deal of money to support our fire houses, library system and other areas the mayor is proposing cuts for.

When legislators talk about “wasteful spending,” they might consider pensions, salaries and benefits to the municipal employees who are able to retire at an early age as one area in which to save money and help their constituents.

Kenneth Lloyd Brown

Forest Hills

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