Down here, we call 'em "campaign contributions." And they're unlimited.Bribes work pretty good here as well. Only they are not called that in polite company. See SNCLavlin. WE charity.
I don't know about the quotas, so I won't comment on them. I agree with you that government employees should not make more than comparably situated private-sector employees. Again, I don't know about your set-up, but down hereabouts government employees, especially in the senior and high-skill jobs, don't make anywhere near what their private-sector counterparts make. When I worked for the government, I made about 40% of what my classmates in the law firms made.There is mo reason for government employees to be making significantly more more money and bennies than the equivalent private sector employees. Especially since their hiring is not based on merit but quotas.
Give me the total, I can't be bothered to read Walter's trash. As far as I'm concerned, a mid-career firefighter should make six figures.Also read the article wally linked on the California fires to see what union firefighters are paid in California.