Breaking The Piggy Bank is Watchdog.org’s weekly look at the national public pension crisis, how it is affecting state and city budgets and what can be done — if anything — to fix it.
In this week’s episode, host Eric Boehm is joined by special guest Mark Lagerqvist, a reporter New Jersey Watchdog who covers New Jersey’s complicated […]
A New Jersey Watchdog reporter is suing Gov. Chris Christie for records of nearly $800,000 in expenses charged to American Express credit cards for the travel costs of the governor’s state police security detail.Read More →
More than half of the public employees in 13 states are union members, and government union membership rates exceed 25 percent in 27 states.Read More →
Backed into a fiscal corner, a defiant Gov. Chris Christie went on the offensive by proposing an ambitious reform to freeze existing New Jersey state pensions, create new replacement plans and eventually turn over control of the retirement system to labor unions of public workers.Read More →
As Chris Christie rehearsed for today’s annual budget address, a state court changed his script by handling the New Jersey governor a major setback. Late yesterday, a judge ordered the state to restore $1.57 billion that Christie cut from this year’s pension contribution, a ruling likely to cause chaos with the state budget.Read More →
While New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and state lawmakers consider a 25-cent a gallon gas tax hike to raise $2 billion a year to fund transportation projects, a war of words and statistics has erupted over the high cost of highways in the Garden StateRead More →