So... it's begun. The posturing before the budget axe falls with speculation about insurance and pension contribution increases. Both easy excuses for freezing our pay for the 5th straight year.
Guess what? Every year that I go without a raise is another year behind in my retirement plan. This means another year that I need to work at a higher rate than those who follow me, AND... another year delay for the youngster waiting for me to create an opening through retirement.
I accept the fact that I will work well past 60 (it's 65 if I get a raise next year. 66 if I don't, and so on and so on...)
I CAN"T accept that St. Louis County Government with it's AAA credit rating, can't afford to reward me for my hard work. On a side note...At least stop checking the "merit increase recommended" box if you don't intend to give one. It's a demoralizing slap in the face!
Show off that credit rating you're so proud of, take out a loan and do the right thing for your people! Imagine the positive publicity you could generate.