Pension funds spend millions on investment fees, but PA taxpayers in the dark

By   /  November 21, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Taxpayers are largely in the dark when it comes to Pennsylvania’s pension funds’ riskiest investments.

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Despite $38B in unfunded liabilities, WI’s pension system tops in the nation

By   /  November 14, 2014  /  Budget and Spending, News, Pensions, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

PONDERING PENSIONS: Pennsylvania lawmakers believe there's an appetite for pension reform, but there's no exact idea of what it will look like yet.

 
By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON, Wis. — Take a bow, Wisconsin.
Under the leadership of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, the Badger State once again has the most well-funded public pension system in the nation, according to a study released this week by State Budget Solutions, a fiscally conservative think tank based in Virginia.
The Wisconsin Retirement System […]

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Mississippi’s pension system one of nation’s worst

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  Economy, Legislature, Local Government, Mississippi, Pensions, Politics, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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According to a new study by State Budget Solutions, Mississippi’s pension system is far worse financial straits than its recent financial report indicated.

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New Jersey double-dippers scoop New Yorkers at the public trough

By   /  November 12, 2014  /  New Jersey, New York, News, Open Records, Pensions  /  No Comments

Governor's Office/Tim Larsen

 
 
By Mark Lagerkvist | New Jersey Watchdog
Start spreading the news: New Jersey is a paradise for double-dippers compared to neighboring New York.
New York State’s efforts to control double-dipping by “retired” public officials who collect pensions while continuing to work in government jobs are highlighted in a study released this week by the Empire Center, a […]

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Five ballot initiatives to watch Tuesday night

By   /  November 4, 2014  /  Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Campaign Finance, Elections, National, News, Oregon, Pensions, South Dakota, Washington  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org
Sure, the U.S. Senate races and control of Congress will be in the spotlight on all the major cable news networks Tuesday night.
In some states — I’m looking at you Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan and Colorado, among others — there will be closely watched races to decide who the next governor will be. And […]

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In three state Senate races, unions give heavily to GOP incumbents in campaign’s final days

By   /  November 4, 2014  /  News, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Politics & Elections, unions  /  No Comments

COULD BE A LONG SUMMER: Gov. Tom Corbett says he won't sign a budget until he gets a pension bill too.

By Eric Boehm | PA Independent
Three incumbent Republican state senators facing re-election battles in the Philadelphia suburbs have received a late infusion of cash from labor unions.
In the two weeks leading up to Tuesday’s election, labor unions directed at least $66,000 to the campaign war chests of state Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh; state Sen. John […]

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