Archive for December, 2011

84 WHAS | The Mandy Connell Show featuring Christina Tobin

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Christina Tobin, Vice-President of Taxpayers United for America, appeared on The Mandy Connell Show at 84 WHAS to discuss Jefferson County’s top government pensions. Click to play the audio below.


Taxpayers United of America on CLTV Friday December 30!

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CHICAGO–Taxpayers United of America (TUA) will appear on CLTV’s ‘Politics Tonight’, Friday December 30 at 6:00 CST. Host Paul Lisnek will interview Andrew Spiegel, noted legal counsel representing TUA in a lawsuit against the Illinois Tollway, along with Rae Ann McNeilly, TUA Director of Outreach, and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. TUA filed [...]


State-Journal | Open book on pensions

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TUA’s pension project on Kentucky is featured in this article on the State-Journal. December 22, 2011 Taxpayers United of America is probably barking up the wrong tree if it expects to persuade Kentucky politicians to abandon traditional pensions for future public workers and shift them to 401(k)-style savings accounts. The idea failed to fly in [...]


Courier-Journal | Group seeks public pension data

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Louisville, Kentucky, are featured in this article at the Courier-Journal. Members of Taxpayers United of America, a national taxpayer watchdog group, made several stops in Kentucky Tuesday to spread their belief that the amount of pension payouts to individual government workers should be available for public scrutiny and that [...]


ABC 7 | Big Ill. Tollway fare hike takes effect Jan. 1

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The following news item from ABC 7 features TUA’s lawsuit against the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. December 20, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — A judge allowed the tollway authority to go ahead with a massive hike in fees Tuesday. On January 1, 2012, the average Illinois Tollway fare will nearly double. These days most drivers [...]


Spit on the Law

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Click here to view as a PDF                         Click here to view $100,000-plus salaries each year from tolls CHICAGO–Taxpayers United of America (TUA) President Jim Tobin called Tuesday’s hearing of his lawsuit against the Illinois Tollway Authority a “spectacle,” and labeled Judge Rita Novak’s decision yesterday rejecting an attempt to block the 90% percent tollway tax [...]


Chicago Tribue | Judge rejects bid to block toll hike

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The following article in the Chicago Tribune features TUA’s lawsuit against the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. December 21, 2011|By Richard Wronski, Chicago Tribune reporter A Cook County judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt to block the near-doubling of tolls scheduled to take effect Jan. 1 on Illinois tollways. Judge Rita Novak dismissed a lawsuit [...]


examiner.com | Lisa Madigan wins her Toll Tax increase

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The following article in the examiner.com features TUA’s lawsuit against the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. December 21, 2011. Chicago. Technically, it’s not a tax. The money the people of Illinois pay to use their own highways is actually a user fee. If it were truly a tax, the citizens’ representatives would have had to [...]


Note to Kentucky: Top Louisville Government Pension Estimates Released

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Click here to view this release as a PDF LOUISVILLE–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that Louisville and Jefferson County government employees are not only receiving generous salaries, but that over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees when they retire will become pension millionaires. Kentucky bureaucrats refuse to [...]


Cincinnati.com | Anti-tax group targets N.Ky. public employee pensions

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Covington, Kentucky, are featured in this article at Cincinnati.com. COVINGTON— Dozens of Northern Kentucky public employees will be “pension millionaires” once they retire, according to estimates released by a national anti-tax group. The Chicago-based Taxpayers United of America looked at employees of Boone County, Kenton County, the counties’ school [...]


No Thanks, Lisa! A Madigan Christmas Gift: 90% Toll-Tax Increase on January 1st!

Click here to view as a PDF Judge Rita Novak, of the Cook County Circuit Court, granted Lisa Madigan’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that would have stopped the January 1st toll/tax increase. The suit, brought by Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America, (“TUA”), also sought Court declarations that the Tollway Authority is [...]


NBC 5 | Judge Dismisses Plea to Stop Toll Hike

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The following article on NBC 5 features TUA’s lawsuit against the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. A circuit court judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging an impending Illinois Tollway hike. The Tollway’s board voted to approve the hike in August to help pay for a $12.1 billion, 15-year overhaul of the roadway. Effective Jan. [...]


Note To Kentucky: Top Covington, Florence Area Government Pension Estimates Released

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Click to view release as PDF COVINGTON–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that Florence, Kenton County, and Boone County government employees are not only receiving generous salaries, but that over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees when they retire will become pension millionaires. Kentucky bureaucrats refuse to release [...]


State-Journal | Group calls on Beshear to release pension info

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TUA’s call for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to release pension data was featured in this article on the State-Journal. Taxpayers United of America, an anti-tax group advocating switching retirement accounts to defined-contribution systems, has asked Gov. Steve Beshear to release information on employees’ public pensions. The Chicago-based group released its own study into pensions here, using [...]


Herald-Leader | Group highlights six-figure government pensions, calls for more transparency

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Lexington-Fayette County are featured in this article on the Herald-Leader. Dozens of Kentucky state and Lexington city employees can look forward to six-figure government pensions every year once they retire, in some cases before their 50th birthdays, according to estimates released Monday by an anti-tax group. However, taxpayers don’t [...]


Herald-Leader (Associated Press) | Taxpayer group wants openness in pension system

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TUA’s call for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to release pension data was featured in this article on the Herald-Leader. The Associated Press Posted: 11:13am on Dec 19, 2011 FRANKFORT, Ky. — Taxpayers United of America has asked Gov. Steve Beshear to let Kentuckians know how large some of the pensions are that state government retirees are receiving. The [...]


Note To Kentucky: Top Lexington Pension Estimates Released

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Click here to view this release as a PDF LEXINGTON–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that Lexington and Lexington-Fayette County government employees are not only receiving generous salaries, but that over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees when they retire will become pension millionaires. Kentucky bureaucrats refuse to [...]


Note To Kentucky: Top Frankfort And Kentucky Pension Estimates Released

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Click here to view release as a PDF Frankfort–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that Frankfort, Franklin County and Kentucky State government employees are not only receiving generous salaries, but that over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees when they retire will become pension millionaires. Kentucky bureaucrats refuse [...]


Judge To Rule On Illegal Toll Tax Increase Defended By AG Lisa Madigan On Tuesday

Click here to view as a PDF CHICAGO–On December 20, 2011, Judge Rita Novak of the Cook County Circuit Court will hear arguments by Taxpayers United of Illinois (TUA) and other plaintiffs aimed at stopping the impending January 1, 2012 toll tax increase. TUA President Jim Tobin has filed suit to stop the increase, order [...]


WSBC 1240 AM | The Ray Hanania Radio Show featuring Christina Tobin

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Christina Tobin, Vice-President of Taxpayers United for America, appeared on The Ray Hanania Radio Show at WSBC 1240 AM to discuss TUA’s lawsuit to stop the Illinois toll tax.


NBC 18 | Taxpayer Group Urges State To Release Pension Info

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TUA’s call for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to release pension data was featured in this article on NBC 18. Posted: Dec 16, 2011 8:41 AM FRANKFORT (AP) – Taxpayers United of America is calling on Gov. Steve Beshear to end the secrecy surrounding pension payments to state government retirees. The group’s vice president, Christina Tobin, said [...]


nky.com | Taxpayer group urges Ky. to release pension info

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TUA’s call for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to release pension data was featured in this article on nky.com. FRANKFORT— Taxpayers United of America is calling on Gov. Steve Beshear to end the secrecy surrounding pension payments to state government retirees. The group’s vice president, Christina Tobin, said Kentucky is one of only a few states that [...]


Fox 19 | Taxpayer group urges Ky. to release pension info

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TUA’s call for Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to release pension data was featured in this article on Fox 19. Posted: Dec 16, 2011 3:09 AM CST Updated: Dec 16, 2011 3:09 AM CST FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Taxpayers United of America is calling on Gov. Steve Beshear to end the secrecy surrounding pension payments to state [...]


Gov. Beshear: Release Kentucky’s Public Pension Numbers!

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Click here to view this release as a PDF CHICAGO – Taxpayers United of America Vice President, Christina Tobin, called on Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to set the standard for transparency by leading his state to release its government pension data. “I have written a letter to Gov. Beshear, urging him to change the culture [...]