Johnstown hands out excessive pensions as it deals with $24M in debt

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Accountability, Featured, Finances, Issues, Local Government, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Johnstown is deep in pension debt, but is handing out retirement payments in excess of what is allowed under state law.
A recent audit of the city’s four pension funds found more than $24 million in unfunded liabilities. Collectively, the four retirement accounts for the city’s police officers, firefighters, sewage workers [...]

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Judge gives NJ one last chance to keep ‘Doublegate’ secrets

By   /  April 14, 2014  /  Ethics, Fraud, New Jersey, News, Open Records, Pensions, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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A judge is giving the state’s Division of Criminal Justice one final chance to argue why an index of records from a hush-hush criminal investigation involving Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno should not be released to a New Jersey Watchdog reporter.

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It’s crazy, but Christie’s shoplifting guard could get $4 million

By   /  April 8, 2014  /  Governor, New Jersey, News, Pensions, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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The state police career of Gov. Chris Christie’s shoplifting bodyguard may end soon, but the trooper could keep his hands deep in the pockets of New Jersey taxpayers for decades.

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It’s Groundhog Day, not April Fool’s Day, for IL pension reform

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  Illinois, News, Pensions, State Budgets  /  No Comments

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The calendar says April 1, but it feels more like Groundhog Day.

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Christie’s political comeback faces ‘Doublegate’ challenge

By   /  April 1, 2014  /  2016 Presidential Primary, National, New Jersey, News, Pensions  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
As Gov. Chris Christie proclaimed his exoneration in the Bridgegate scandal, he refused to discuss his lieutenant governor, Kim Guadagno.
“This is my press conference, not hers,” snapped Christie. A reporter who attempted a follow-up question was quickly interrupted.
The internal investigation commissioned by the governor also cleared Guadagno of an allegation she [...]

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