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By Tim Wiederaenders
Daily Courier Editor Tim Wiederaenders shares his insights.
Monday, October 21, 2013

Will we ever get back to good wages?

Tim Wiederaenders


I recently approved/posted a reader's article comment that urged the City of Prescott to "fairly compensate" its employees. The rub: the person they care about "hasn't had a raise in six years."

Starting with that as the baseline - we have also heard it regarding the upcoming school district budget overrides; however, remember folks that unless you received a promotion, practically no one has seen a raise since before the Great Recession.

The working stiffs will not cry you a river, because they're suffering too.

It gets worse: the commentor said paychecks have "continued to get smaller and smaller over the last few years, and our expenses continue to increase with the increase in cost of living, mandatory increasing state pension payments, increasing property taxes, etc."

Very true.

Cost of living - up.

Pension - up.

Taxes - up.

(The latter never really dropped. The value of your property took a hit during the recession, but the secondary taxing entities - fire, schools, etc. - for the most part raised their levies to shore up their budgets.)

It all comes down to this: "So, you are left with hard working, good employees that are not compensated for longevity nor merit. It's a tough economy for sure, but City employees do deserve to be fairly compensated for their work."

Sadly, with everyone else in this same predicament, continue to pray for solid economic recovery and that healthcare rates do not skyrocket.

Good wages? Fair compensation? Remember that the effects of a recession can continue at the local level for years after the government says the crisis is over.

Be happy you have a job.

Related Links:
• Point-Counterpoint: Is Obama's living-wage proposal realistic? - NO
• Point-Counterpoint: Is Obama's living-wage proposal realistic? - YES

Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 04, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Aimes

As long as government continues to print money, putting its value in direct competition with you and your existence from food costs, asset valuation, buying power, credit availability etc. etc., Americans are going to suffer worsening conditions. There are 18 trillion reasons for getting rid of elected officials whom can not be fiscally responsible. 18 trillion reasons for auditing the Fed, and abolishing this non governmental entity entirely that makes the "ins" rich and everyone else peons.

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Article comment by: M soldier

better do your homework! We are on the brink of financial collapse you will lose 35% of your value in your home. And it will never be recovered. In 12 months you are ******

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Article comment by: Coyote Contraire™

@ S M,
The bad news: You ARE already in it. We all are. It's the whole planet. It's Hell, actually, and the 7 billion of us are here because we must've screwed up pretty horribly. And we still haven't got a handle on our hostility.

The good news: It's really all just an illusory nightmare that won't last much longer.

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Article comment by: S M

Golly Gee Whillikers, what a depressing, and despondent bunch of words.
The value of my house has been up and down but is now 40K greater (Zillow estimate) than is was 3 years ago when I purchased it.
So for me, for now, the asylum remains a distant option...unless I'm already in it.

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