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.

Understanding Public Pension Debt

By Robert Sarvis, Competitive Enterprise Institute

STATE GOVERNMENT PENSION DEBT burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate. To get a clear picture of the extent of this effect around the nation, this paper amalgamates several estimates of states’ pension debts and ranks them from best to worst.