1. Keep the cost of benefits in line with the private sector. I pay $500 per month for our family's health insurance and it's nowhere near as sweet as the ones that the City of Seattle employees have. The costs go up annually and our share goes up. It's not sustainable to have city employees on a completely different system where they are completely buffered from paying on par with the private sector. I roughly calculate that if the 11,000 folks working at the city paid on par with the private sector it would equal about $40M / year less cost for the city. That number goes up every year.
Idea No. 489