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.

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.

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.