The Public Pension Funding Trap

By Andrew Biggs, The Wall Street Journal

State and local government pensions were national news during the recession, as unfunded liabilities rose into the trillions of dollars and overheated commentators predicted that rising pension costs could push governments into bankruptcy.

Bad news coming for state union workers

By Scott Reeder, Northwest Herald

Be careful what you wish for; you just might get it.

Government worker unions had their hopes fulfilled Friday when the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously ruled public employee pension benefits cannot be cut.

Forced Unionism Swells Citizens’ Debt Burden

The National Right to Work Committee

A recent report by State Budget Solutions (SBS) adds to the evidence that government union officials empowered with monopoly-bargaining and forced-dues privileges routinely wield them to jack up governments’ long-term spending commitments.

Illinois Pension Blowup

The Wall Street Journal

The Constitution is not a suicide pact—except maybe in Illinois. On Friday the Illinois Supreme Court struck down modest pension reforms as a violation of the state constitution in a decision that tees up state taxpayers for years of tax increases.

Largest R.I. workers union OK’s pension deal

By Katherine Gregg, Rhode Island Providence Journal

After a week of voting, the status of a proposed pre-trial settlement of the legal fight over Rhode Island’s pension overhaul remains uncertain, but the largest state employees union — Council 94, American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees —has approved the deal.

MEA Union President In Line for Six-Figure Government Pension

By Tom Gantert, Michigan Capitol Confidential

When the current president of the state’s largest teachers union worked for the Lansing School District more than 20 year ago, his job title was “paraprofessional.” That’s a position that pays between $7.69 and $16.52 an hour, according to a recent union contract.