Paying out for unused sick days costs Albuquerque taxpayers $9 million annually

On Channel 13’s 10pm news last night, I discussed the problems with, and potential savings that could be had, if Mayor Berry addresses the City’s policy of paying out full equivalent wages for unused sick days. The Rio Grande Foundation has done a great deal of research showing that New Mexico’s state and local work force is both bloated and over-compensated.

Changing this policy would seem to be an easy, if not politically-difficult, way to eliminate $9 million of the City’s $54 million or more deficit. Watch the story here.