Nothing wrong with managers giving lottery tickets to county workers

Published: Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Re "Free lottery tickets for some county workers raise questions" (Our Region, Nov. 10): Your characterization of lottery tickets paid for by Sacramento County managers with their personal funds and then handed out to high-performing employees as a perk is misleading at best. If managers want to spend their own money and reward their people for doing a good job, more power to them. The concept most private sector workers don't get about the public sector is that it is nearly impossible to reward a government employee with public funds. The bonuses, stock options or pay raises a private company can hand out simply don't exist in the public sector. And what did California State University, Sacramento, professor Peter Detwiler mean when he asks if a lotto win would be rolled into an employee's annual salary? That makes no sense. If I get a doughnut in the breakroom from the dozen someone bought with his own money, that doesn't get rolled into my salary, either.

-- David Nadolna, Elk Grove

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