The Daily Journal buried this at the bottom of an unrelated article.
• In other action Tuesday, the board unanimously approved a resolution proclaiming April 27 as a countywide No Bullying Day. It also approved a resolution to request freeholders and non-tenured/ non-contract appointed officials to voluntarily forfeit health benefits as of June 1.
The freeholders bravely and unanimously supported a feel-good resolution that serves no useful purpose. It would have been preferable if they had instead spent more time debating the other useless resolution asking that the freeholders and a few other appointed officials “voluntarily forfeit health benefits”. No teeth, no balls. It is estimated that the health benefits cost taxpayers around $20,000 per recipient. Thankfully Fiocchi and Kirstein saw this resolution as the crock it is, and voted against it.
Both Lou Magazzu and Jane Jannarone allegedly own their own businesses. Their businesses should be paying for their health benefits, not county taxpayers. Period! The job of freeholder is a part-time position, and they are public servants. They are supposed to be serving the county taxpayers, not personally enriching themselves.
Their actions reek of pure cowardice. It s well beyond time that they stand up and take definitive action, and do way with political welfare. This is especially egregious to small business owners in the county that don’t qualify as part-time elected officials for these freebies, and cannot afford the $8,000 a year that basic no-frills insurance that covers nothing would set them back. But to paraphrase George Orwell, “Some pigs are more equal than others…”