Stanton swing vote to keep pension spiking

Mayor Stanton was the again the swing vote in a 5-4 vote to keep pension spiking by the Phoenix City Council today. Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio says the vote proves that Stanton “is the union owned Mayor.”

Stanton has on numerous occasions promised to end pension spiking and the food tax. The food tax, which hurts the community’s working poor, was only cut in half.

“The process was gamed from the beginning,” said DiCiccio in a statement released today. “The Thursday, 10 a.m. special meeting start time, limiting the public participation, the proposal passed is one of the least defensible in court, the last minute discovery that local pension boards will have to act on the council’s action, and even the Mayor himself acknowledged most the changes will require going back through negotiations, the same process that created the problem we are in today.”

The motion approved also stopped any analysis of other options. There was no cost/savings analysis for the proposal that moved forward but no other alternatives were analyzed so the Council and taxpayers had a clear decision on what would save the most money.

DiCiccio says the bottom line is that “unions won today and taxpayers lost. The only real solution will be to support the citizen driven imitative that will move Phoenix to a 401(K) and stop the pension spiking.”