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State-Journal | Open book on pensions

State-Journal | Open book on pensions

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

Courier-Journal | Group seeks public pension data

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

Spit on the Law

Spit on the Law

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 hike scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1 a “callous, politically-driven decision.”

“Novak essentially gave tollway customers, as well as the law, no consideration,” said Tobin.

Novak dismissed a lawsuit challenging the tollway’s authority to raise tolls.

“The hearing was a spectacle,” said Tobin. “Tollway users were represented by noted attorney Andrew Spiegel, and State Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) must have been worried, because she had six — that’s right — six of her taxpayer paid staff there to represent the Tollway Authority.”

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is the daughter of powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan (D-22, Chicago).

Note to Kentucky: Top Louisville Government Pension Estimates Released

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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 release pension figures, so total pension payouts were estimated* for this report.

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“Jefferson County taxpayers struggle through this recession with an average wage of $45,000, a median home value of $144,100, and 9% unemployment, government employees really rake it in while they are employed and then when retired,” said Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President.

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

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

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!

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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 required by law to convert all toll highways to freeways, and to dissolve itself. Lisa Madigan had those parts of the lawsuit also dismissed.

Many have called the TUA offices to join the class action against the Tollway. “Everyone knows, except Lisa Madigan, that we were supposed to be toll free in 1973,” Jim Tobin said.

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