Posts Tagged ‘public employees’


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Luddite Legislators Keep Court Costs High


Tuesday September 27th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:37pm PDT   •   0 Comments

The California Court Reporters Association (CCRA) has introduced legislation, AB 2629, that would raise court reporters’ fees for producing transcripts of trials. CCRA president Brooke Ryan believes this raise is long overdue, but she ignores key issues of interest to taxpayers. Court reporters are highly paid government employees and according to courtreporteredu.org, their average…
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Count the ARC for Looming OPEB Obligations


Friday May 13th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:51am PDT   •   0 Comments

When counting the cost of government, taxpayers should pay close attention to OPEB, the “Other Post-Employment Benefits” of government employees aside from their pensions but including their health care costs. Now taxpayers have a calculating tool, State Retiree Health Plan Spending: An examination of funding trends and plan provisions, a new report from the…
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GovWasteEntitlement.Con


Friday July 24th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:11am PDT   •   0 Comments

California is not exactly a hot spot for jobs, but as Dan Walter explains in the Sacramento Bee, it’s not for lack of government spending. California has, count ‘em, at least 30 “workforce development” programs in, count ‘em, nine state agencies. And these programs spend “an estimated $5.6 billion each year, $3.1 billion from…
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U.S. Cities Face Half a Trillion Dollars in Government Employee Pension Deficits


Tuesday October 12th, 2010   •   Posted by David Theroux at 1:53pm PDT   •   4 Comments

In a new article in the Financial Times, Nicole Bullock reports that a huge pension deficit of more than half a trillion dollars for 50 U.S. cities may produce calls for a massive federal bailout: “Big US cities could be squeezed by unfunded public pensions as they and counties face a $574 billion funding…
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