When I write about about the public-employee compensation giveaways in California, I often find people who find the numbers hard to believe. That's because the situation has reached the heights of absurdity. A friend of mine recently told me he's moving back to New Mexico from California -- not because the public-policy situation is better, but because at least New Mexico is a poor state and doesn't have the billions to give away to interest groups.This is from a recent Bloomberg article, and goes to show that you can't make this stuff up: "California Highway Patrol division chief Jeff Talbott retired last year as the best-paid officer in the 12 most-populous U.S. states, collecting $483,581 in salary, pension and other compensation.Talbott, 53, received $280,259 for accrued leave and vacation time and took a new job running the public-safety department at a private university in Southern California. He also began collecting an annual pension of $174,888 from the state."
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