Loophole lets teacher union bosses collect state pensions at taxpayer expense

By Kelly Riddell, The Washington Times

Thanks to a loophole created by the Illinois legislature, retired teacher union leaders are getting pension credit for the years they did union work after leaving the classroom. The arrangement has put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching, and further drained an already overburdened state pension fund.

A push for pension reform, thanks to the courts

The Washington Post

HERE ARE the facts of life about the American public sector: Citizens depend on local government for vital services, from education to parks; the quantity and quality of those services depend directly on how many tax dollars are available to pay for them; and insofar as those resources are already committed to pensions and other forms of deferred compensation for public employees, they can’t be used to maintain and enhance services in the here and now.

A Calpers Comeuppance

The Wall Street Journal

A major political battle line these days is between public-union pension funds and taxpayers who pay the bills. Taxpayers won a major victory late last week when federal judge Christopher Klein ruled that the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (Calpers) isn’t protected from cuts in the city of Stockton’s bankruptcy trial.

Members of Congress push for Delphi answers

By David Shepardson, The Detroit News

More than a dozen Ohio Republicans in Congress want the government’s pension insurer to answer more questions about its handling of claims by Delphi retirees, while the retirees won a round in their 5-year-old court battle.