Posts Tagged ‘california public pensions’


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Why Government Employee Pensions Will Be Taxpayers’ Main Squeeze


Friday April 27th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

Even Jerry Brown knows that government employee pensions have put California in a bad place. Prospects for reform recently took a hit when the Senate Public Employee Retirement Committee killed John Moorlach’s SB 1031 and 1032, which would have let local governments avoid CalPERS termination fees and limited cost-of-living hikes for future employees. The…
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Government Fat Cats Bulk Up on Taxpayer Dollars


Tuesday April 17th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:29am PDT   •   0 Comments

Many taxpayers have seen little economic gain in recent years but the salaries of government education bureaucrats “have exploded” as the Sacramento Bee reports. Sarah Koligian of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District gets $240,000 and Christopher Hoffman of Elk Grove Unified bags $330,951, more than the $324,029 of Sacramento State University boss Robert Nelson….
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Government Pension Tricks Pillage Taxpayers


Thursday October 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

As Lawrence McQuillan notes in California Dreaming: Lessons on How to Resolve America’s Public Pension Crisis, outlandish pensions for government employees have put state budgets in crisis and threaten the services taxpayers receive. In California, government employees could retire at age 55 with two percent of their salary for each year of state employment….
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Gold Plated UC Pensions Punish Parents, Students


Monday September 25th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

“I think this year’s higher tuition is just the beginning of bailouts by students and their parents. The students had nothing to do with creating this, but they are going to be the piggy bank to solve the problem in the long term.” That is Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming: Lessons on How…
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Transit Boss Bonanza Stresses Taxpayers


Monday August 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:59pm PDT   •   0 Comments

In California’s capital of Sacramento, rapid transit has been in terrible shape, but not for lack of spending on management. As we noted, after hiring Mike Wiley as manager, the RT district plunged into financial distress, tapping reserve accounts to balance its budget and raising fares 10 percent. Though a major bust as transit…
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Pension Retro-Ripoff


Monday February 13th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:57am PST   •   0 Comments

  Back in 1999, under governor Gray Davis, the State of California boosted pensions and allowed most government employees to retire at the age of 55. This led to a surge of unfunded liabilities, and even Jerry Brown pushed for minor reforms. State employees hired after January 1, 2013, would have to work to…
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Fat Government Pensions Punish Taxpayers


Tuesday January 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:54am PST   •   0 Comments

Taxpayers in the northern California capital region wonder why their roads remain full of potholes, fire stations close down, and overall services decline. As Brad Brannan of the Sacramento Bee explains, this happens because of “rising pension costs.” An employee of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District can retire after 30 years, at the age…
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Feds Foil California Pension Reform


Wednesday August 31st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:50am PDT   •   0 Comments

Shortly after signing a contract with general manager Mike Wiley, Sacramento’s Sacramento Regional Transit “slipped into financial duress from which it has yet to recover,” wrote Tony Bizjak of the Sacramento Bee. “The agency has tapped reserve accounts in the last three years to balance its budget, leaving it with virtually no emergency funds…
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Income Equality Researchers More Equal Than Others


Tuesday July 12th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:12am PDT   •   0 Comments

In recent years, income equality has become an issue, with the discussion usually generating more heat than light. As Michael McGrady writes in The College Fix, income equality research has also become a lucrative pursuit. Drawing on a recent report from the California Policy Center, McGrady notes that several UC Berkeley economics professors who…
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Regional Transit Retirement Rip-Off


Tuesday July 5th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:56am PDT   •   2 Comments

The whopper government pension of Mike Wiley, outgoing boss of Sacramento Regional Transit, continues to make news, but not just because it draws on the RT operating budget. As Tony Bizjak notes in the Sacramento Bee, Wiley is eligible for a pension of $278,000, a full $48,000 more than Wiley’s final salary of $230,000…
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