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  • Anger brews over government workers' benefits

    03/08/2011 7:56:59 AM PST · by Poundstone · 49 replies
    AP ^ | March 8, 2011 | GEOFF MULVIHILL
    When Erin McFarlane looks at public workers, she sees lucrative pension benefits she doesn't ever expect to get. And it makes her mad. "I don't think that a federal employee or government employee is worth any more than anybody else who does their job and does it well," said the Slinger, Wis., woman. She's been working a couple of bartending jobs since January, when she was laid off from her job at a Harley Davidson plant after almost a decade. She's not alone in seeing public servants as public enemies in some ways. It's a case of pension envy.
  • Pleased to meet you, I'm a federal employee

    03/02/2011 6:09:10 AM PST · by Poundstone · 134 replies ^ | March 2, 2011 | Mark A. Young
    I am proud to be a federal employee. Let me repeat, proud to be one of millions across the nation who work as a public servant and who believes that public employees choose careers so they can be a vital part of the glue that holds this nation together. Who are we? We are your neighbors, we are your friends, we are your fellow parishioners, and the people who sit with you watching the children and grandchildren at the ballpark or the basketball court. We are not faceless and anonymous "others." We are people you have known all your lives.
  • Is the Lavish Cost of Recent Firefighter's Funeral in LA Another Example of Union Benefits Overkill?

    02/26/2011 10:36:44 AM PST · by Stayfree · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Self | February 26, 2011 | Stayfree
    Thousands of firefighters in uniform on paid agency time came from different fire agencies all over Southern California to attend Glenn Allen's funeral bringing with them tens of millions of dollars of firefighting equipment, helicopters. Just the cost of fuel alone must have cost in the tens of thousands of dollars, notwithstanding the cost of salaries and accrued benefits of thousands of active duty firefighters. His funeral must have cost the taxpayers millions of dollars thanks to union rules that permit such a waste of taxpayer funds. I personally mean no disrespect to his family, but if it were not...
  • Christie: Wis. a class clash [the people who get benefits, and the taxpayers who pay for them]

    02/22/2011 5:15:52 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 16 replies
    Christie: Wis. a class clash Chris Christie invoked Wisconsin's massive union-rights clash in his second annual budget address Tuesday, saying the protests are over a system with "two classes of citizens" — the people who get benefits, and the taxpayers who pay for them. Christie hailed New Jersey as leading the charge for other states with the belt-tightening practices he prescribed in his budget last year. And now, he said, the Garden State will follow what he coined as the "New Normal" of spending as they have the money, to try to ease the crush of debt. "In Wisconsin and...
  • End Public Sector Unions...Period

    02/20/2011 1:38:42 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 20, 2011 | C. Edmund Wright
    However, public sector "collective bargaining" is a bad joke, given that there are only chairs on one side of the bargaining table. The bigger universe of interested parties have zero representation in the process. There is no natural force working to keep costs in line...
  • (in the interest of "open and transparent gov") Salaries For City Employees Posted Online

    02/14/2011 6:24:11 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    KTVU Bay City News ^ | February 13, 2011
    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The latest information about the salaries and benefits of each San Jose city employee was posted online Friday in an effort to maintain transparency in the city's government. The compensation information, which can be accessed at, is from 2010, the latest year available, according to city officials. Former police Chief Robert Davis had the highest total compensation - more than $534,000 in salary and benefits - for the year, according to the report. City Manager Debra Figone - who made more than $276,000 in 2010 - said the release of the information is an example...
  • Superintendents enjoy super benefits (Central TX schools)

    02/09/2011 11:36:24 AM PST · by WestTexasWend · 14 replies · 1+ views
    KXAN-TV, Austin ^ | Tuesday, 08 Feb 2011 | Nanci Wilson
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - With Texas facing a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, every school district is facing tough decisions. Some districts are considering closing schools and laying off teachers. So, why are some districts giving their superintendent raises and super-sized benefits? And do parents really know what their superintendent earns? Apparently, not. (exerpt - continues at link below)
  • Are increasing disability numbers hurting Social Security

    01/29/2011 11:46:23 PM PST · by jmclemore · 59 replies
    Congressional Budget office ^ | July 22, 2010 | Congressional Budget office
    Summary The Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) program pays cash benefits to non elderly adults (those younger than age 66) who are judged to be unable to perform “substantial” work because of a disability but who have worked in the past; the program also pays benefits to some of those adults’ dependents. In 2009, the Disability Insurance program paid benefits to almost 8 million disabled beneficiaries and about 2 million of those beneficiaries’ spouses and children. Between 1970 and 2009, the number of people receiving DI benefits more than tripled, from 2.7 million to 9.7 million (unless otherwise specified, all...

    01/29/2011 9:06:02 AM PST · by Recovering_Democrat · 175 replies
    Washington Monthly ^ | 1/29/11 | Steve Benen
    Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) broke unexpected ground this week, presenting a budget plan that included freezing Veterans Affairs health care spending and cutting veterans' disability benefits considerably. To put it mildly, the Bachmann proposal has not gone over well among groups representing the needs and interests of veterans.
  • Requests for unemployment benefits up due to snow (Global warming strikes again!)

    01/27/2011 9:00:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Google ^ | 1/27/11
    Requests for unemployment benefits up due to snow(AP) – 6 hours ago WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week, but the figures were largely distorted by rare snowstorms that swept through the Southeast. Applications surged last week by a seasonally adjusted 51,000 to 454,000, the highest level since late October, the Labor Department said Thursday. A government analyst said that a major reason for the spike was the harsh weather in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. That forced many companies to shut down temporarily and also prevented many people from...
  • Obama Benefits in Having Palin as His Foil

    01/18/2011 8:13:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 57 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1/18/11 | Matt Bai
    There was Sarah Palin again Monday, assuring Sean Hannity on Fox News that she was not going to be silenced, no matter what abuse might come her way. “Other people are facing much greater hardships and making greater sacrifices than I am in just engaging in debate,” said the woman who reportedly made $250,000 per episode of her recently concluded reality show. She added, several times, “This isn’t about me.” A lot of Republicans in Washington certainly wish that were the case. But as the new House majority begins its push this week to scale back the Obama agenda, it...
  • Bringing Balance to Public Benefits

    01/12/2011 6:32:21 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/12/2011 | James Hohman
    There’s a way to save Michigan taxpayers $5.7 billion without cutting a single program, eliminating any government job or touching public wages. That’s more than enough to balance the state’s budget, repeal the Michigan Business Tax, fix Michigan’s roads and still have money left over. Michigan can do all this through government employee perks parity. Compensation comes from wages and benefits like paid leave, employer-paid retirement contributions, health insurance and other benefits. In recent years, the cost of these benefits in the public sector has exploded while the private sector has been getting them under control...
  • Assembly bill would limit pension benefits for UC executives - and others (6-figure 'earners')

    01/08/2011 9:01:04 AM PST · by Libloather
    Sac Bee ^ | 1/08/11 | Laurel Rosenhall
    Assembly bill would limit pension benefits for UC executives -- and othersBy Laurel Rosenhall Published: Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 - 12:00 am | Page 3A The backlash is mounting against the 36 University of California executives who wrote a letter last month demanding higher pensions. Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has introduced a bill that would limit the pension benefits available to highly paid workers in all public retirement programs – including UC's. **SNIP** Hill's Assembly Bill 89 would require all public retirement programs in California to adhere to the IRS cap when calculating benefits for employees who join the...
  • Pay freezes put Air Force Civilians in Flux (one consequence of federal pay freeze)

    01/07/2011 6:01:12 AM PST · by Poundstone · 57 replies
    Fedsmith ^ | December 7, 2011 | Robert F. Dorr
    Today is the day to say thanks to an unsung group in the Air Force: civilian employees. The Air Force wouldn’t run as smoothly if it weren’t for those 173,013 dedicated workers. They perform an incredible range of duties, from managing information technology systems to maintaining aircraft. Civilian employees are going to face tougher times in the coming year. They’re looking at a two-year pay freeze that President Obama wants to impose to reduce the federal deficit. Some will fight that battle with the help of the American Federation of Government Employees, a union, and professional societies; others, though, have...
  • County/City/School level Spending/Benefits

    01/06/2011 9:35:54 AM PST · by unique · 4 replies
    vanity | January 6, 2011 | Me
    I'm looking for input relating to County level spending, specifically in CA if possible. For example: How does one assess the fiscal performance of a county/city or is that even possible? Do City and County employees participate in the SS program, in addition to receiving a pension from the City or County? What about School teachers? In my county, the road department is always whining about not having sufficient funding to fix county roads - is there a way (for a citizen) to assess performance at the county department level?
  • Diane Rehm Show on Public Employee Pensions

    01/06/2011 7:38:50 AM PST · by Poundstone · 9 replies
    The Diane Rehm Show ^ | January 5, 2011 | Diane Rehm Show
    State and local government workers have reason to feel somewhat besieged. Declining revenues in many states have compelled politicians to take a hard look at expenses, and increasingly, the focus has been on salary and benefit packages promised to public employees. Research suggests that compared to the private sector, some state and local workers do earn more, but critics argue targeting public employees' wage and benefit packages and their collective bargaining power is an easy way to side step more basic issues such as the need for economic growth. Join us for a discussion of state budgets and public sector...
  • What you pay for Medicare won't cover your costs

    12/31/2010 3:19:25 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 47 replies
    Waterbury Republican-Republican via A.P. ^ | December 31, 2010 | Rocardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    WASHINGTON — You paid your Medicare taxes all those years and think you deserve your money's worth: full benefits after you retire. Nearly three out of five people say in a recent Associated Press-GfK poll that they paid into the system so their benefits shouldn't be cut. But a newly updated financial analysis shows that what people paid into the system doesn't come close to covering the full value of the medical care they can expect to receive as retirees. Consider an average-wage, two-earner couple together earning $89,000 a year. Upon retiring in 2011, they would have paid $114,000 in...
  • UC executives threaten lawsuit over pension benefits ($245K 'earners' demand promised loot)

    12/29/2010 7:23:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies · 9+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 12/29/10 | Matt Krupnick
    UC executives threaten lawsuit over pension benefitsBy Matt Krupnick Contra Costa Times Updated: 12/29/2010 05:50:11 PM PST Some of the University of California's highest-paid employees have threatened to sue the UC system if it does not follow through on a promise to boost their retirement payments. In a letter to UC regents this month, 36 employees making at least $245,000 per year said many had turned down jobs at other schools or companies based on UC's promise. The university is in the midst of a pension overhaul to make up a $20 billion deficit caused by a 20-year hiatus in...
  • Public Servants Feel Sting of Budget Rancor

    12/21/2010 5:53:45 AM PST · by Poundstone · 82 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 21, 2010 | Karen Tumulty and Ed O'Keefe
    (snip) Relative job security with generous benefits that extend into retirement has long been part of the appeal of working for the government. But an eight-hour day in a drab Independence Avenue office building can look like a supremely privileged lifestyle when Americans in the private sector are panicked and furious over what has happened to their own salaries, health coverage and 401 (k)s. Add to that the growing view that the government has gotten too big and that deficits are going to swallow the economy, and you have all the makings of a backlash.
  • Robert Samuelson: Retiree Benefits Are Cheating Our Children

    12/20/2010 6:51:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    RealClearMarkets ^ | 12/20/2010 | Robert Samuelson
    Except for those on Social Security and Medicare, government for most middle-class Americans consists mainly of schools, police, fire protection, roads and ambulance service. It's states and localities. How are they faring in the present economy? Conventional wisdom holds that they've been crushed by dramatic declines in tax revenues and have resorted to deep cuts in public services. Well, not exactly. To be sure, there are cases of severe cuts. Newark recently dismissed 13% of its police force. For two straight years, University of California has raised tuition sharply for its 220,000 students to help offset reductions in state aid:...