Why? With that 70%-30% defeat of Question 1, he now understands that he has a blank check here! :(
Jimmy Marzilli, “who thinks with his willie” (credit: Michelle
McPhee, 96.9 FM Talk) wants to double his pension
>>J. James Marzilli Jr., the former state senator from Arlington who resigned in disgrace after being charged with harassing or attempting to grope women in downtown Lowell, wants the state to nearly double his pension.
>>In a request submitted to the state Board of Retirement, Marzilli, a 50-year-old liberal Democrat with 23 years of local and state service, cites a state law that allows elected officials under age 55 with more than 20 years of creditable service to boost their pension if they fail to win reelection.
>>On June 5, two days after his arrest, Marzilli announced he would not seek reelection in the September Democratic primary, and he did not actively campaign for his seat. But his name was on the ballot and he was defeated in the race, losing overwhelmingly to Kenneth J. Donnelly, a retired firefighter from Lexington.
>>Yesterday, the state retirement board voted, 4 to 0, to postpone action on Marzilli’s request until his criminal case is resolved. But the request, which would increase his annual pension from $14,000 to $27,000, stirred immediate outrage from some fiscal watchdog groups, who said the law should be changed to prevent politicians who lose elections from collecting higher pensions.
>>”They get an additional pension if their constituents get sick of them and throw them out? Am I hearing that right? Only in Massachusetts,” said Barbara Anderson, ex ecutive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. “Enough with the pension nonsense.”