Skip to comments.Perry “retires” early, begins collecting state pension
Posted on 12/16/2011 9:58:43 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Yes, hes still governor. Hes retired only for benefits purposes, which means he can start collecting his pension while hes still collecting a salary. Its perfectly legal. Just unhelpful.
Perry makes a $150,000 annual gross salary as Texas govenor. Now, thanks to his early retirement, Perry, 61, gets a monthly retirement annuity of $7,698 before taxes, or $6,588 net. That raises his gross annual salary to more than $240,000
[T]he disclosure is sure to spark criticism of Perry, who has called for sweeping changes to Social Security for average workers and has railed against special perks that members of Congress get.
Perry was legally able to begin collecting the employee class annuity under the rule of 80. The combination of his U.S. military service, state service and age exceeded 80 years and qualifies him for the annuity under Texas Government Code 813.503 as amended in 1991, Sullivan said. Perry continues to pay into the Employees Retirement System with a 6.5 percent withholding from his state salary.
I do advocate totally rethinking the safety net, personal security programs completely, Perry said in a November 2010 interview. Why is the government collecting your tax money for retirement and health care programs? Thats not a stated constitutional role.
He retired back in January, months before he decided to run for president. Had he known he was going to jump in and take withering fire from Romney on his entitlements rhetoric, I assume hed have waited to start collecting. But it is what it is, and itll be thrown in his face every time the subject of Medicare or Social Security reform comes up. I dont blame him for his logic: He paid in, he worked hard, he followed the rules, and now he wants his money. Problem is, thats the same attitude seniors take towards federal entitlements, and if Perry beats Obama, hell suddenly be the guy tasked with convincing them to relax that attitude a bit in the name of our common fiscal good. How does he rally them to take one for the team and wait until, say, age 68 to enroll in Medicare if he couldnt wait until finishing his term as governor to start taking his own pension? When I tweeted that a few hours ago, Perry fans jumped on me by answering that Democrats will smear him and attack the GOP viciously no matter what. Which is true, but how does that mitigate the potential damage here? An enemy armed with artillery is more dangerous than an enemy armed only with rifles, and this represents a bit of artillery for them insofar as theyll use it to try to galvanize resentment against Perrys supposed hypocrisy. Why do you think Gingrich couldnt resist digging at Romneys track record at Bain? Voters remember details to which they can relate personally, like pensions and layoffs. Its not a liability thatll sink Perry, but yeah, itll be used against him. Texas Democrats are already using it, in fact.
Exit question via Aces co-blogger Drew: You think Chis Chistie might show up at a few events to talk about Perrys pensions?
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I hate to know my eyes are getting bad...
Is this on the square? Is this satire? If not, good God if it is not. PerryTINKLERS are gonna go nutzzzz over this huh?
I like the term I started here: Perrywinkles. LOL
I want to know if it was automatic or if Gov. Goodhair requested it.
In most cases our gov’t is in autopilot in these matters. I would like to know if this was a request on the part of Perry or if this is an automatic feature in the TX gov’t.
Must be nice.
But everything is big in Texas—especially egos, avarice and cronyism.
LBJ land to a T.
The term ABC World News used was “double-dipping”.
Make the stupid man stop.
In Texas, it isn’t really like a pension, it is closer to a 401K. The money he is taking out, he has paid in over his career and is matched by the State up to a certain percent (not sure the exact percent).
Nothing really wrong with that. It is like you rolling your 401K over into an annuity when you hit retirement age but continue to work.
“I have signed into law H.R. 4331, a bill that substantially incorporates the social security changes which I urged in my address of September 24 to the nation—restoration of the minimum benefit for people receiving that benefit, and interfund borrowing to tide the system over while the new National Commission on Social Security Reform develops a bipartisan plan to achieve long-lasting solutions to social security’s financing problems.”
Beware: Mitt N Perry’s movement of the mouth...
Here are the details.
This isn’t a pension like you would see in other States.
Take your Texas envy elsewhere.
LBJ was a primo barstid. He's gone. We've fixed a lot of things since then.
that’s probably the pension of a DMV worker in California and that is entry level. haha. union of course or maybe an entry level Homeland Security worker at the airport. thank the unions!
He requested it.
All we get from Texas are illegal alien rapists, murderers and thieves who used Texas as a highway.
Give them amnesty if you want but keep the rotten bastards in YOUR state, OK?
They don't have amnesty here. And we don't want them either. They also use NM, Arizona, California and Florida.
So ease up on the Texas bashing.