Archive for March, 2012

TUA Receives Excellent Press Coverage With Release of New York Pension Info

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NEW YORK – Taxpayers United of America has released the top pension estimates for New York State government teachers and employees. “We are shedding light at last, on the problems with New York’s government pension system,” said Christina Tobin, Vice President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), and founder and President of Free and Equal [...]


ABC News 10 | Pension study reveals gov’t officials making millions

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on New York State are featured in this piece from ABC News 10. Click on the image below to watch the video. ALBANY, N.Y. – A press conference was held Tuesday to discuss the results of a new pension study. The study exposes the top pensions for retired government employees [...]


Capitol Confidential | Here’s your Top 100 state employee pensions and for schools too

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on New York State are featured in this article at Capitol Confidential. We’ve had lists for some time now of state and local public employee salaries and pensions, starting first with the Empire Center and then followed by newspapers including our own. The phenomenon has spread over the past few [...]


TimesUnion.com | Public pension ‘millionaires’ club

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on New York State are featured in this article at TimesUnion.com. ALBANY — A fiscally conservative advocacy group from the Midwest arrived in Albany to propose an intriguing math experiment: If retired public employees maxed out their pensions by retiring early at age 55 and living to the ripe old [...]


Daily Herald | Voters back tax hikes with tangible results

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TUA’s defeat of 7 tax-increasing referenda was mentioned at the end of the following article by the Daily Herald. Despite a tender economy, a healthy majority of voters in Libertyville and Kildeer felt paying more out of pocket would be worth the investment in terms of better roads. And though nearly an even split, voters [...]


Metro New York | Group: Scale back lavish NY pensions

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on New York State are featured in this article at Metro New York. A report released Thursday by the group Taxpayers United of America accuses state government employees of getting way too much in their retirement pensions. One schoolteacher on Long Island, for example, could stand to collect nearly $12 [...]


Clean Sweep: TUA Defeats All 7 Tax-Increase Referenda

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO–The president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today announced that “the organization, its members and supporters defeated the 7 tax-increase referenda yesterday.” “It’s a great victory for Illinois taxpayers,” said Tobin. “The seven ballot measures are the largest number of tax-increase referenda we have opposed in a single election [...]


Shame on New York: Pensions Kept in the Dark!

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View release as a PDF NEW YORK—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) released a report this week revealing top government employee pensions with estimated lifetime payouts, for several New York counties as well as New York’s state government retirees, and statewide government teachers. Several New York cities, including NYC, have refused to provide the data requested. [...]


New York: Government Pensions Revealed, Not Yet Relieved!

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View release as a PDF ROCHESTER—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed retired government employee pensions for Monroe, Erie, and Onondaga Counties. Many New York government employees are becoming pension millionaires when retired. “Many government retirees make more in pension payments than the private sector taxpayers make in salaries,” stated Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President. [...]


News Talk 1240 WRTA | Taxpayer Group: Pensions Out of Control

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Altoona and Blair County are featured in this article at News Talk 1240 WRTA. A national organization says public pensions are drowning local municipalities financially and leaving taxpayers on the hook for their costs. Representatives from Taxpayers United of America paid a visit to Altoona on Tuesday to highlight [...]


Albany: Government Pensions Revealed, Not Yet Relieved!

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View release as a PDF ALBANY—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed retired government employee pensions for the County of Albany, New York’s state government retirees, and statewide government teachers. Many New York government employees are becoming pension millionaires when retired. “Many government retirees make more in pension payments than the private sector taxpayers make [...]


newsworks.org | Illinois pension reform group sweeps into Philadelphia

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Philadelphia are featured in this article at newsworks.org. A tax-reform group from Illinois is advocating for sweeping changes to state and local government pension programs by making an example of top-earning former Philadelphia municipal employees. Retired Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson tops their list with an annual pension of [...]


Times-Tribune | Mellow pension guided by state law

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Harrisburg are featured in this article at the Times-Tribune. HARRISBURG – Former state Sen. Robert J. Mellow’s legal fate is tied to a federal plea agreement while a state law will determine whether he gets to keep his sizeable pension or not. Mr. Mellow collects a $138,958 annual taxpayer-funded [...]


Altoona Mirror | Chief: I’m not getting pension payments

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Altoona and Blair County are featured in this article at the Altoona Mirror. UPDATE: A response to this article has been made here. Altoona Fire Chief Reynold D. Santone Jr. disagrees with a Chicago-based organization that claims he is double dipping. Representatives of Taxpayers United of America stopped in [...]


Philadelphia PA: Government Pensions Revealed!

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View release as a PDF PHILADELPHIA—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed retired government employee pensions for the City of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania statewide government teachers. Many Pennsylvania government employees are becoming pension millionaires when retired. “Many government retirees make more in pension payments than the private sector taxpayers make in salaries,” stated Christina Tobin, [...]


Pennsylvania Pensions Corrections

Monday, TUA (Taxpayers United of America) announced Pittsburgh public employee pension figures that were based on information obtained from Right-to-Know requests of city and county pension funds. Attorney for the pension fund, Jim South, said that the information they provided was inaccurate based on the actual request for pension data. “The figures were wrong, because [...]


bcrnews.com | Go to the polls

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The following commentary by Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United for America, is featured at bcrnews.com. The subject of the commentary is a ballot measure in the city of Princeton, Illinois, on “unlimited home rule taxing power”. As president of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), I am urging voters in the city of Princeton, Illinois, [...]


Harrisburg PA: Government Pensions Revealed!

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View release as a PDF HARRISBURG—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed retired government employee pensions for Harrisburg, Dauphin County, and the State of Pennsylvania. Many Pennsylvania government employees are becoming pension millionaires when retired. “Many government retirees make more in pension payments than the private sector taxpayers make in salaries,” stated Christina Tobin, TUA [...]


Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | Controversy doesn’t stop group from disclosing pension figures

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are featured in this article at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. UPDATE: An update to the original release that this article is based on has been made here. A group that is crisscrossing the nation raising alarms about underfunded public pension plans says it will continue to [...]


post-gazette.com | Visiting group decries high public pensions

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are featured in this article at post-gazette.com. UPDATE: An update to the original release that this article is based on has been made here. A Chicago advocacy group stopped in Pittsburgh on Monday to promote its campaign for scaled-back government pensions, but retirees and others [...]


Taxpayers Oppose City of Princeton’s Referendum for ‘Unlimited Home Rule Taxing Power’ on March 20

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View release as PDF CHICAGO–The President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today urged voters in the City of Princeton, Illinois, to vote “NO” on the March 20 referendum to adopt unlimited home rule taxing power, adding, “Compared to the average income in Princeton, city politicians and bureaucrats already are living like kings.” “Right now, [...]


Altoona PA: Government Pensions Revealed!

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View release as a PDF ALTOONA—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed retired government employee pensions for Altoona and Blair County. Many Pennsylvania government employees are becoming pension millionaires when retired. “Many government retirees make more in pension payments than the private sector taxpayers make in salaries,” stated Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President. “Both the [...]


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Taxpayer group slams public pensions

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are featured in this article at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. UPDATE: An update to the original release that this article is based on has been made here. A Chicago-based advocacy group today highlighted what it called overly generous pensions to local government retirees and called on [...]


Pittsburgh PA: Government Pensions Revealed!

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View release as a PDF PITTSBURGH—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today revealed retired government employee pensions for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Many Pennsylvania government employees are becoming pension millionaires when retired. “Many government retirees make more in pension payments than the private sector taxpayers make in salaries,” stated Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President. “Both the [...]