An 'Apology' Worth Repeating
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Mike Nichols has penned another very good column. I don't always agree with him, but I envy his writing ability.
In the case of this recent column, however, I also am in complete agreement with his perspective.
A self-described "casual acquaintance" of Susan and Lev Baldwin informed me over the weekend that I owe them an apology for a recent "attack" and suggested I don't really know how pensions work.
So here goes.
I would hereby like to apologize for not realizing that, in Milwaukee County, it is wholly understandable that a couple of former government employees should have combined annual pensions of over $110,000 a year.
And that one of them, Susan, should be suing for even more than the $52,000 a year she currently gets while her husband takes in about $59,000.
And, I guess, for not realizing it is also completely appropriate that a former sheriff like Lev be able to retire with an additional $333,000 lump sum "backdrop" at the advanced age of 54.
Read the whole thing. It provides a glimpse into why Milwaukee County's budget is the mess that it is.