New Jersey panel proposes major pension overhaul

By Alicia Munnell, Market Watch

The day after a New Jersey judge ruled that Governor Christie must make up $1.57 billion in pension underfunding, the governor’s commission to study New Jersey’s pension system proposed a complete overhaul of the state’s pensions.

Public Pension Fight: Unions Win, Budget Woes Remain

By Andrea Riquier, Investor’s Business Daily

Is public pension reform dead? Defined benefits for public sector workers, which make up a large and growing portion of many stretched municipal budgets, have been on full display in many recent high-profile cases, with mixed messages for the future of reform.

The Pension Sink Is Gulping Billions in Tax Raises

By Steve Malanga, The Wall Street Journal

California Gov. Jerry Brown sold a $6 billion tax increase to voters in 2012 by promising that nearly half of the money would go to bolster public schools. Critics argued that much of the new revenue would wind up in California’s severely underfunded teacher pension system. They were right.

Pensions a middle-class crusher

By Stephen Moore, The Heritage Foundation

For “Outrageous Government Scam of 2014,” it’s hard to compete with the news of the supersized public employee pensions in California. If you haven’t already heard: In 2013, an assistant fire chief in Southern California collected a $983,319 pension. A police captain in Los Angeles received nearly $753,861.