NJ Gov. Christie’s crew helps ex-lawmaker double his pension

By   /  April 21, 2014  /  National, New Jersey, News, Pensions, Pensions, State Government  /  No Comments

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By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Larry Chatzidakis needed a favor from Gov. Chris Christie’s administration.
Nearing his 62nd birthday, the former New Jersey assemblyman never held a full-time public-sector job.
Based on his 11 years as a legislator, plus other part-time government posts, Chatzidakis might qualify for a modest state pension of roughly $19,000 a year.
Then a new executive [...]

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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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AARP working with state to sell government retirement accounts

By   /  March 27, 2014  /  Business, Economy, Minnesota, News, Pensions, public sector, State Government, unions  /  No Comments

RETIRE THIS: Should state governments be getting into the business of selling and administering retirement accounts for private sector workers? Photo copyright MN House of Representatives.

The state government may struggle to balance a budget and fix insolvent pension accounts, but that isn’t stopping it from thinking about hawking a state-run retirement savings account.

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