Causes We Support
We support several causes. This first one is a petition provided online at change.org. This petition is to request elected officials - state and federal - to enforce compliance with the PIECP Guidelines that control prison industry operations. As seen elsewhere on this site, the PIE Program is being terribly abused by prison industries around the country. They are practicing everything from actual slave-labor conditions and wages to actual criminal violations pertaining to both state and federal laws.
Please visit: http://criminaljustice.change.org/actions/view/enforce_federal_prison_industries_enhancement_certification_program_piecp_laws_2 where they can sign the petition calling for enforcement of the PIECP Program laws and an investigation into the allegations of violations occurring under that program's authority. Thanks...Bob
We also support the INNOCENCE PROJECT. This is a great project operated as a non-profit operation dedicated to pursuing the cases of convicted inmates who are believed to be innocent of the charges tht sent them to prison.
Visit: http://www.change.org/innocence_project and join the supporters of this cause.
We also support: "The Free Enterprise Nation database" Read about their efforts here: http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/xdtalk-chatter-box/131723-oh-my-emphasis-added-private-public-pay-reality-check.html
This organization provides data for all of us in the public and private sectors. Below are some startling facts obtained from their site:
"The average state and local government employee earns 29% more than the average private sector employee, according to The Tax Foundation’s analysis of 2007 data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The differences are greatest in Rhode Island (where state/local employees earn 63% more than private sector employees), Hawaii (62% more), Montana (62%), Nevada (55%), Vermont (55%), Alaska (53%) and Florida (51%).
- A Miami-Dade community college president got a lump sum of $893,286 and earns $441,538 annually, in addition to his $14,631/month pension.
- An Indian River State College president got a lump sum of $585,000 and earns $286,470 annually, in addition to his $9,823/month pension.
- A Northwest Florida State College president got a lump sum of $553,228 and earns $228,000 annually, in addition to his $8,803/month pension.
- A community college chancellor got a lump sum of $189,370 and earns $190,000 annually, in addition to his $8,500/month pension.
- A North Florida State Attorney who "changed his mind about retirement," collected a lump sum of $519,995 and makes an annual salary of $153,139, along with his monthly pension payments of $7, 749.
- A Baker County Sheriff collected a lump sum of $311,173 and makes an annual salary of $128,000, plus a monthly pension of $5,699.