In today’s The News of Cumberland County:
Last night I faced accusations that this sight was pure fiction. I suspect that the coverage and conjectures concerning the CCIA play a part in creating that person’s impression.
However – was it fiction when we reported – along with several notable news sources – that Lou wanted to opt his long-time loyalist Brendan Kavanaugh into the state PERS pension system? If it was fiction, then Lou himself was the propagator of that fairytale.
Is it fiction that the state pension system is rife for abuse, as is the consensus of most intelligent New Jersey taxpayers? I would have to say that this website has a very good record of being on point. I suppose what I am asking for, is that someone that has not benefited from King Lou’s largess step up to the plate and make the same declarations – of his beneficence and kind-heartedness.
But I digress. This is about Don Rainear – another recipient of the kindness of the D-machine – and the story in today’s paper:
Donald Rainear does not want to be a permanent replacement for former Cumberland County Improvement Authority Executive Director Steve Wymbs.
That’s according to his contract with the CCIA, which was obtained Tuesday from Rainear.
The contract specifies the type of work that Rainear would be doing for the CCIA as a consultant being paid a maximum amount of $130,000 for taking over administrative duties of the CCIA in light of Wymbs resignation last year.
WAIT A MINUTE! One Hundred and Thirty GREEDY Thousand Dollars? That is three times the household median income in Cumberland County! And Don does not even live in the county! Once again, our money floating out of the county! Why couldn’t this UNELECTED recipient of government funds have worked for a reasonable and not greedy $75,000?
Lou is making sure that the fact that Don is not availing himself of the health plan – could it be that he is already covered under another health plan? – but has downplayed this obscene salary that even Gloria Noto would never ask for! If Gloria is Greedy for asking merely to receive the state mandated minimum salary that every male counterpart in the state earns, how can Don Rainear not be greedy for asking for, an receiving $23,000 MORE? I know of many families in this county that earn $23,000 or less. Guess what, they do not get a reduction in the property taxes the county expects. They pay the same share towards tipping fees for their trash to be hauled. And Don Rainear laughs in their face with this exorbitant salary courtesy of King Lou.
Anyway – back to the fantasy that this website is known for – the reason Rainear is temporary is that Lou will once again make the move to absorb the CCIA as a county department, removing the semi-autonomy it enjoyed as a quasi-governmental agency. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a move to make the board positions provide compensation for attending meetings (or not attending meetings if you are Todd Edwards – yeah – I suppose we made that story up, too) and pension benefits unless Chris Christie follows through with his promise to derail that gravy train.
At the very least, Lou is working to increase his ability to tap into the resources of the CCIA and use or misuse the reserves to funnel more money to his friends and compatriots. Only time will tell if this is fact or fable.