Dear Rep. Merrick,
That was the first word that came into my mind after I read your interview regarding budget cuts in the state of Kansas. Here is what you said that prompted my response:
“Government employees produce nothing. They’re a net consumer. And you got that cost forever and ever and ever because they’re on the KPERS (pension) plan, they’re on all the government insurance and everything.”
The second thing that came to mind involved two words and they were screw you.
I say that enthusiastically on behalf of all of the hard-working teachers, fire fighters, police officers, people who run our prisons, judges, and all those working in social services who help our vulnerable populations. Your insult to them really took my breath away.
Yes we find ourselves in a budget crisis in Kansas. Yes there are government workers who are on the KPERS plan, but you and I don’t agree on who is taking advantage of the KPERS plan.
See I did a little Google research before writing this blog post and it turns out that the one group that is fleecing the state on KPERS and costing taxpayers in this state is actually……drum roll please……
The State Reps!
Although Kansas legislators work part-time and are paid only during the 90 legislative session and days their committees meet outside that window, lawmakers who choose to join the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) pay their contributions into the system as if they worked every single calendar day of the year plus one more week.
So this is kinda awkward.
Now, I’m no math wiz, but you work 90 days, but calculate it as if you are actually working 372 days per year. Kinda weird given there are only 365 days in a year. Tell me again who the drain on our resources are Mr. Merrick? You work 90 days, but get benefits for over a year plus and you are saying the government employees produce NOTHING? One thing I will say is you have some giant cojones.
I’m sure there will be a lot of people who read and share this blog post who agree with me that you are an embarrassment to this state.
Yours for getting paid 372 days per year and only working 90,