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Miami-Dade County Commissioners tackles the Budget: No Easy Solutions

Miami-Dade County Commissioners realize by now that there are only two solutions to balancing the budget:

1. Have all the employees contribute an additional 5% toward their
healthcare or

2. Begin the layoff process:
a. Begin with the employees who are currently in the “Drop
Program” [they already have their 30 years of civil service
and would lose nothing]

3. Every department should have to participate in the layoff
process, regardless of their statue

4. Miami-Dade County Commissioners should show by example and give
½ of their expense account monies back to the county

5. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez department should not be
exempted and should also feel the pain of reorganization to get
the county out of the red

6. Every fringe benefit given to the executives should have an
obligatory monetary cost associated with it attached to the
employee or unit to offset the cost to the county

7. Eliminate the OPP employees; the county can’t afford them

8. Start cross-training everyone to get the maximum results out of
minimum employees

9. Put the director’s and their assistant to work, rather than
allow them to get a pass because they are the executives

10. Create a financial watch group within the county and hold
monthly meetings to alert the Mayor and the Commissioners when a
particular department or unit is consistently operating in the
red, and follow through with recommendations or began the
restructuring process from the top.

There are no easy answers and regardless of the method that both Miami-Dade County Commissioners and the Mayor decide to take, the end results will still be a painful but necessary one. Good-Luck to all of you and hopefully you will come up with a solution that will allow all of you to rest peacefully at night.

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January 24, 2012 Posted by | Community News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Congress can’t or won’t or maybe they’re just not capable of balancing the budget!

I can balance the budget in six months. I challenge Congress to work collectively on trying to balance the budget and give me the same paperwork, and without even one assistant I could balance the budget in six months. What do they have to lose? The American People have already lost their confidence in Congress and the White House to lead.

Why would I be successful in balancing the budget in record time? No-one has me in their back pocket because they contributed heavily to my campaign. I don’t have to be anyone’s puppet or front man or woman. The big companies/organizations will not get unfair tax advantages but will be taxed appropriately, like everyone else and all [100 %] pork projects will be automatically deleted bar none.

If Congress can’t get the job done, then they should surrender that responsibility to someone who doesn’t have a hidden agenda, but is capable of delivering on their word. The task is surmountable but achievable. “God don’t move that mountain but give me the strength to climb!” “I’ve already seen myself on the top of the highest mountain with the U.S. debt under my feet!”

Congress can’t balance the budget because they have too many individuals with their hands in the wrong cookie jar and everybody wants to be recognized for their two seconds of work. I don’t want to be recognized, I just want the d**n budget issued resolved so that this country can move forward in a positive light.

Don’t worry! I won’t go on vacation in the middle of one of the worst financial disasters in U.S. history! I’ll dig in and keep adding and subtracting and deleting my way to a balance budget with a positive cash flow for future endeavors. Oh! I failed to mention that Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare and the Military Payroll will remain intact or actually be tweaked upward from savings in other areas. The money is there! It’s just misappropriated, mismanaged, hidden under dummy accounts and co-mingled from the top to the bottom.

“Now, when can I start?”

August 10, 2011 Posted by | Keeping It Real | , , , , , , | Leave a comment