Ocean County’s freeholders now cite a “tremendous cost” as the reason they are unable to extend pension benefits to domestic partners. According to their inflated estimates, the costs would be between $114,000 and $220,000, or 23 to 45 cents per taxpayer in the county.
While they complain about the costs for petty things such as death pension benefits, they approve $175,000 worth of funding for expanding a library, including $60,000 for a “floor…with a special seascape.” They then go on to hand out 192 turkeys and 400 toys to Ocean County veterans saying that each and every one deserves a “blessed holiday season.” How ironic that as they honor war veterans, they refuse to let Laurel Hester – a veteran herself of the county’s prosecutor’s office – have the benefits she has worked 23 years for. Apparently they feel no shame in ruining her holiday season.
Part three of “It’s Laurel Hester’s Wonderful Life” is below, stolen completely from The Big Gay Picture. Read it all, and considering sending the Ocean County freeholders To Kill a Mockingbird before their January 7th meeting.