This Op-Ed piece was published in the Hartford Courant this morning, and is available online. It was written by Dr. Charles Atkins, a psychiatrist and chief medical officer for Community Mental Health Affiliates, a behavioral health and substance abuse agency with offices here in Waterbury, as well as in Torrington and New Britain.
He asks the key question about the concessions agreement with state employee unions that was recently approved by the legislature: "How does this create savings?"
His point is that any state employee who can will retire before the concessions deal goes into effect, and will be replaced. As he puts it:
"The state will pay benefits to that retired employee while simultaneously paying a brand-new salary and benefits to the brand-new employee who replaces her."
So where are the savings, he asks.
Reading the column is worth your time.