From Kenneth Todd Ruiz’s article today in the Whittier Daily News:
That argument is not uncommon, according to Steven Frates, senior fellow at Claremont McKenna College’s Rose Institute.But he said it ignores the cost associated with “pension spiking,” as all those overtime hours typically factor into retirement benefits.
Compared to what the market would bear, firefighters in Southern California are “grossly overpaid,” Frates added.
“That’s why you get thousands of applications for each position,” he said. “Cops burn out earlier; it’s a tougher job and it’s much more dangerous.”