How NOT to do pension reform

Riverside County, California recently finalized changes to their public pensions, hoping to put them on sound financial footing. Looking at $4.7 billion in obligations, and annual pension expenditures that would consume half of the total county budget by 2020, county supervisors felt it necessary to act. The recent reforms will reduce pension costs by $360…

Retire, collect $500,000 in pension, go back to work

Taxpayers in Philadelphia are stuck with hefty bills because of sky-high pension benefits for people who retire for a weekend, then come right back to work. ¬†City Councilwoman Marian Tasco retired Friday, collected almost a half a million dollars in pension benefits and returns to work today, when she will be sworn in to serve…

New Hampshire gears up for pension reform

Facing a $4 billion unfunded liability in its retirement system, New Hampshire is getting ready to introduce pension reform measures in the 2012 session.¬† As they gear up, the Speaker of the NH House, William O’Brien, invited “National pension reform leader” Dan Liljenquist to address a special committee. The New Hampshire “Union Leader”, well-known for…

Utah's rising star, Dan Liljenquist

Utah's rising star, Dan Liljenquist

State Senator Dan Liljenquist recently returned from Washington DC where he received back-to-back awards for his courage and innovation tackling the complex problems of exploding pension and Medicaid costs. Governing Magazine called Senator Liljenquist the “Change Agent” for his reforms. Each year, Governing chooses only one state legislator, out of over 7000 nationwide, one Governor…

RedState interviews Dan Liljenquist

Pension reform, Medicaid reform and …….. a little bit more.

Daily Fix, Aug 2

*Last week, Representative Julie Fisher resigned to become the state director of the Department of Community and Culture. There will be a special election to fill the vacancy on August 25th. To date, there are 6 people in the race but the deadline to file is August 18th. Currently running are Carl Downing, Peter Cannon,…

Daily Fix, June 23

*The GRAMA working group held their final meeting and has government recommendations ready to present to the governor. In my opinion, we agreed on far more than we disagreed on. Now we’ll see what happens during the next session. Trib, Fox 13, KSL *The Hatch make-over into Tea Party candidate continues to garner national attention,…

Meet Adolf Christie

Governor Chris Christie knows the money is gone, the state is bankrupt (even if some people refuse to admit it) and that major reforms need to happen. So, when he works on pension reform with the Democrats in the NJ legislature, this is the response….. Nice.