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Weighing L.A. County payroll additions under budget plan

Weighing L.A. County payroll additions under budget plan

There is necessarily a tug of war between a government's obligation to provide service and its duty to remain fiscally responsible, a fact duly noted in the letter transmitting the proposed 2015-16 Los Angeles County budget to the Board of Supervisors. In this year of continuing economic recovery, budget officials recommend funding for more than 1,000 new positions. That's a lot of new employees — even in a county of 10 million people. One in every 100 county residents already is a county worker. The county has managed its pension obligations better than many local governments but has yet to develop a plan to fully fund retiree healthcare costs. That's a fiscal...

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