Mason on public jobs
Forgot to post this press release from 2nd Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason last week.
Additionally, PolitickerNJ.com also published their take on this announcement.
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Mason to offer salary ordinance
WANTS TO PROHIBIT COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM RECEIVING MORE THAN ONE PUBLICLY FUNDED SALARY
Says She Supports Steve Fulop’s Reform Measures
Second Ward Councilwoman Beth Mason said she will soon introduce an amendment to the city’s salary ordinance modeled after the one authored by Jersey City Councilman Steven Fulop that would ban city elected officials from receiving more than one public salary or pension.
Fulop recently secured more than 1,800 petition signatures to get his initiatives on a separate ballot referendums in November.
Mason said she and Fulop, who both work in the private sector and are new to elected office, share a desire to improve government accountability.
“I am sure that Councilman Fulop recognizes, as do I, how difficult it is to create a more responsive and responsible government when the primary interest of many elected officials lies in perpetuating a cumbersome, costly bureaucracy that rewards the few, at the expense of the many,” said Mason.
“We need a government that serves the people not the political class,” added Mason, who was elected to the council in May 2007. “Right now too much government money goes toward serving those who make their living from government and not enough goes to improving the quality of life of the people who live in our communities.”
Mason said the state’s ban on dual office holding is weak and does not address the fact that many elected officials make their livelihood by working for government agencies or school boards.
“There is no interest in reducing the size, and cost of government or increasing the accountability of government by those elected officials whose economic interests lies in a bigger, more expensive government operations,” said Mason.
“One government paycheck and one pension is all anyone should be entitled to,” said Mason, who noted that the ban on dual paychecks should extend to any city council member receiving income from any other public sector job in the state.
Mason said the one paycheck rule would eliminate many conflicts of interests for elected officials who work for police departments, county or state agencies or school boards.
“My objective is not to punish anyone who holds another public job, but merely to send the message that elected office holders have to make a choice; they can either represent the people who elected them, or they can work to advance their own economic interests. But they can’t do both,” added the councilwoman.