Governmental (public, municipal, etc - and "public" union) bodies ALWAYS hold hostage whatever it believes the People are most willing to pay the ransom for. If they can't do that, they change names and definitions (see: SS, gas, MediCare taxes, etc) so People think them anything but a tax increase for everyone that goes into the same budget pool. This way, it seems so small and probably no big deal, that likely affects someone else . . .