By Benjamin Yount -
BLOOMINGTON - Pity the poor workers of Bloomington, Illinois. They’re tired, burned out, stressed. They need help, more money and better pensions, a city leader says.
That’ll fix things.
“Too many employees have not achieved a healthy level of work-life balance,” Bloomington City Manager David Hales said. “Unfortunately, this is resulting in job stress, anxiety and burn-out.”
Apparently not content with spending taxpayer money on an arena millions of dollars in the red, or on a million bucks’ worth of trash cans, the city wants to spend $7 million more to improve that “work-life balance.”
Hales’ solution is to raise taxes on things such as cable TV and electric bills, grabbing enough cash to hire 17 new workers and give pay raises and pension bumps to many of the almost 650 currently on the payroll.