We disagreed with that ass-hat, and still think Transparent California does a swell job. However, thanks to a tip from a dedicated THC reader (who wished to remain anonymous, as they are a former county employee), we learned about another nifty little site called Government Compensation in California, sponsored by none other than California Controller Betty T. Yee.
And guess what? The State government’s facts back up what we’ve been saying all along – Humboldt’s local government sucks up all your money and uses it to pay its ridiculously high number of employees. Check it out!
For your convenience: We won’t remind you exactly how much more the average income for a County employee is compared to your average Humboldt-ian’s. We already did that.
But, lest we be called lazy, we just had to dive a little bit deeper into GCC.
For example, in Northern California, Humboldt has the 4th highest ratio of County Employees to County Residents, and the only counties that have lesser ratios are ones – Lake, Modoc, and Siskiyou counties – with vastly lower populations than that of Humboldt’s. (Generally, the higher a county’s population, the bigger gap in amount of county employees as compared to population. Not so with Humboldt.)
Another interesting factoid is that although Humboldt State University employs 3,782 individuals – or 1,513 more than the County of Humboldt (a figure which does not include service districts like fire, waste, and water that are also dependent on government funds) – the County still has a higher pension burden. A burden that is almost $9 million higher. Wow.
Moral of the story? Don’t waste your time getting a higher degree so you can teach at some big fancy university – become a laborer for the county, and you’re a frickin’ made woman/man.
Now that we’ve flexed our internet numbers muscles, we do think it’s highly important to finally recognize THC’s top commenter of the month of June: Sammy! Sammy’s combination of anger, expletives, and highly salient points have earned him the nod for the month of June. We might even ask Sammy to do a guest piece, but we are sort of afraid of being outdone.
So, Sammy, get back to our e-mail and we’ll hook you up like we did our friend Mitch.
Honorable mentions for the month of June go to MacTowner, Cousin Eddie, and Jay! MacTowner because you’re consistent, Jay because he called us idiots and was a catalyst for us revamping our efforts, and Cousin Eddie because we like his name. We think it’s this guy:
Better luck next month, THC fans. You’ll have plenty of chances – we’re here to stay.
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