Couple of articles jumped out at me this AM, first of all from the projo.. 69 prison guards will start on Christmas eve.. big cost to already bloated budget, http://www.projo.com/news/content/ACIGUARDS22_12-23-06_963HT8S.2a9a06c.html But that pales in comparison to California, where 6,000 CO's make more than 100K and a couple make more than 200K.. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-guards23dec23,0,7077823.story?coll=la-home-headlines Overcrowding and other strains on California's prisons have sent overtime costs soaring for guards, boosting 6,000 officers' salaries to upward of $100,000 a year, with hundreds of them earning more than lawmakers and other state officials. Overtime costs rose 24% in the third quarter of this year over the same period last year, after having leaped 87% √Ę‚ā¨‚ÄĚ to $375 million, according to the most recent figures √Ę‚ā¨‚ÄĚ since the officers' current labor contract took effect five years ago. At that time, about 500 members of the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn. made six figures. What is often not considered is the cost of retirement for all of these folks, and even though it is based on their base salary.. we will be paying for all of this for a very long time, as will our grandchildren, great grandchildren.