It was really painful to listen to Kevin Rebeck’s testimony. He is such an honest and willing guy. You could tell from his story, and the documents they quoted from, just how hard Rebeck and the rest of the union leaders in the Fiscal Working Group were trying, trying to help, and trying to understand.
You could that the government was playing games, even before you knew exactly what they were up to. The responses, and non-responses, given by Gerry Irving and Rick Stevenson to the Fiscal Working Group were so suspiciously cheesy. It was clear that they were just going through the motions, and that the last thing they wanted was anything close to reasonable input from the unions. Besides, how could the unions solve a problem when the government didn’t really want them to know what it was.
But then, we learn, as Rebeck did – long after the consultations were over, and only because of ths lawsuit – that it was all just another stupid “let’s get away with it” game, because the legislation was already drafted, and the government had no intention of making any changes.
I see, so if consultations are required, or if they help us defend the PSSA as being constitutional, then, by all means, let’s pretend to consult and then legislate anyway. It’s as disrespectful and rude as it is disreputable. You guys are sleazeballs. And that is outrageous.