Tag Archives: Public Pensions

Cost Shifting is Buck Passing By Another Name

Governor Rauner certainly got everyone’s attention last week when he proposed that the employer’s share of pension costs be shifted from the State to local school districts. The pension shift has been a topic of conversation for some time. House … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Pension (Entirely), It’s the Debt

“If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” – Herbert Stein’s Law In his budget address this week, Governor Rauner made big news by proposing that the employer portion of the normal costs of teacher pensions be shifted from … Continue reading

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For Municipal Pensions, the Can Has Reached the End of the Road

Pensions are now cutting into essential services. This needs to be fixed, and there are no easy solutions. Continue reading

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The Pension Shift Buried in the Illinois Budget

As Nancy Pelosi famously said during the Obamacare debate: “(W)e have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it…” That quote must also be applied to the Budget Implementation Bill (BIMP) passed by the Illinois … Continue reading

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OK, Mr. Speaker, the Ball’s in Your Court.

The Governor has issued an amendatory veto to Senate Bill 1, and the gnashing of teeth and rending of garments has begun. Chicago Mayor Emmanuel, who’s staring into an abyss not completely of his own making but which is now … Continue reading

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