Cutting workers comp not a realistic answer for budget cuts 

Workers compensation is eating more than $3 million out of the Recreation and Park Department’s cash-flow while it tries to mind a $12.4 million gap in its piggy bank.

And while it sounds like an obvious solution, it probably won’t change any time soon.

Soon after General Manager Phil Ginsburg took his post, he said he wanted to cut the reports of new injuries in half, knowing that about 1 in 5 people in Rec and Park reported an injury in 2008.

But now there’s a sense of urgency since Rec and Park has to submit its proposed budget with cuts to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office by February 19.

However, commissioners talked about how it’s unrealistic to rely on minimizing workers compensation fees right away, because a lot of the money is being spent on people who were injured years ago.

Ginsburg said Rec and Park will mostly focus on getting the people who were injured back into the department and doing jobs they’re capable of doing because if they refuse, the department doesn’t have to pay them.

“I set a very ambitious target … and we may not make it,’’ he said.

Looks like they’ll keep relying on more sources of revenue instead of cuts.

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