The Vicious Circle
We've heard a lot over the last few years about how our local government employees, law enforcement in particular, need to be paid more to keep them from moving to other departments.
Looks like The Governator is doing his part in that regard as well. He's decided to raise the pay for many of his department heads to make those positions competitive with similar positions in local government.
So the vicious circle widens.
What we'll likely see next is an effort by other state employees to raise their pay along the same lines. Next, local governments will try to raise their employees pay to keep up with the state employees. In a few years the situation will reverse itself with the state trying to trump local pay again.
This sort of one- upmanship will never end and everyone, except for the government employees getting the raises, will suffer for it.