I'll have more on this sometime this week, but I figure any Bristol Blog reader would want to know that Republican mayoral hopeful Ken Johnson came out swinging at Tuesday's GASB 45 Committee meeting.
"The cold reality is that this committee is a charade," Johnson told the panel. "This GASB 45 Committee serves no purpose, has no authority to make any decisions at all, and is a fraud perpetrated on both taxpayers and city workers by our mayor."
"The mayor created this committee as a 'feel good' for city workers because he desperately wants you to like him. City workers, my message to each of you is this: the mayor is playing you for a stooge," Johnson said.
Johnson urged the city to take the step of using surplus pension money to fund health care benefits for retired workers -- which advocates say may save millions for taxpayers.
"Let's put this in context," Johnson said. "The economy is in the toilet. We are looking for ways to run the city without raising taxes. City and state workers across Connecticut are already being laid off."
"While our city struggles to make ends meet without implementing layoffs, the mayor puts out a memo to stop buying food for meetings. So while he polices the $5 box of Dunkin' Donuts, here's millions and millions in tax savings staring us in the eye."
"There's millions to be saved and it hurts no one," Johnson said.
He said that if the "donut mayor" would back it, the change could be made.
Mayor Art Ward was there, but I haven't yet had a chance to ask him what he thought. I will.
And I'll have more on the GASB 45 issue, too, as soon as I can.
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