Archive for May, 2012

Wausau Hides Government Pension Payments

View release as a PDF WAUSAU—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) released estimated pension payouts for Wausau and Marshfield area government employees. Wisconsin refuses to release government pensions, ignoring citizens’ right to review all payments funded by taxes. TUA, who last year released pension estimates for state employees and eight Wisconsin cities, calculated estimated pensions for [...]


Top Oshkosh and Fond du Lac Gov’t Pension Estimates Released

View release as a PDF OSHKOSH—Free and Equal (F&E) and Taxpayers United of America (TUA) released estimated pension payouts for Oshkosh and Fond du Lac area government employees. Wisconsin refuses to release government pensions, ignoring citizens’ right to review all payments funded by taxes. TUA, who last year released pension estimates for state employees and [...]


Illinois Gov’t Pensions Over $100,000 Up 27% Since Last Year

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO—Retired Illinois government-employees pull in huge pension payments while Illinois taxpayers bail out the floundering government pension plans with the 67% increase in their state personal income tax, according Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of Illinois (TUA). Tobin added that the number of retired government employees in Illinois getting [...]


Retired Illinois Judges Raking in Gluttonous Pensions

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View release as a PDF CHICAGO–Retired state and county Illinois judges are enjoying some of the most lavish, gold-plated pensions of all Illinois government-pensioners, according to Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Even while Springfield political leaders finally are discussing pension reform, judges’ million-dollar pensions are draining their state government-employee pension fund,” [...]


NATO Meeting Costly Ego-Trip For Chicago Pols

View release as a PDF CHICAGO—Chicago’s hosting of the May NATO meetings was an expensive ego-trip for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his fellow politicians, charged Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “Emanuel and his press flacks claimed that holding the NATO meetings put Chicago in a favorable light in the eyes [...]


Springfield Pols to Vote on Cigarette Tax Hike Impacting Poor As They Look Forward to Lavish, Gold-Plated Pensions

View release as a PDF SPRINGFIELD–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) shows that former members of the Illinois General Assembly are now enjoying lavish, gold-plated, million-dollar pensions that they authorized, and that some retired legislators already have collected over a million dollars in pension payments. Click here to view the top [...]


No More Dialogue – Solution Is Here

View release as a PDF SAN FRANCISCO— It’s time to get the special interest money out of the electoral process. Free and Equal (F&E) and Taxpayers United of America (TUA) released lifetime pension payouts for San Francisco area government retirees. Taxpayers United of America and Free and Equal today revealed government employee pensions for the [...]


Cal Wachdog | Pension deniers attempt to shame reform advocates

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TUA’s work on California’s pension crisis is mentioned in this post at CalWatchdog.com. If you have not read or heard anything about California’s unfunded public employee pension crisis, you’ve probably been living under a rock or, like union bosses and too many members of the state Legislature, the governor’s office and local elected officials, you [...]


WHEC TV News 10 | Convicted and Cashing In

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Christina Tobin, Vice-President for TUA, was featured in this story from WHEC TV News 10 on convicted New York public employees cashing in with pension payouts. See video of the story below. Former public employees convicted and cashing in. Despite serving time behind bars, many public sector workers are still drawing a pension that you’re [...]


Governor Brown Fails Fresno

View release as a PDF FRESNO— Governor Brown only missed his budget by about $16 billion and still hasn’t connected the dots between the crisis and the government employee pensions. While residents across Fresno County face crushing taxes, falling home values, and high unemployment, the governor maintains favor with the union leaders by seeking a [...]


Governor Brown Fails Contra Costa

View release as a PDF PLEASANT HILL— Governor Brown only missed his budget by about $16 billion and still hasn’t connected the dots between the crisis and the government employee pensions. While residents across Contra Costa County face crushing taxes, falling home values, and high unemployment, the governor maintains favor with the union leaders by [...]


Uniting in the Pension Fight

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SAN FRANCISCO – Christina Tobin, Founder and Chair of Free and Equal Elections Foundation and Vice-President of Taxpayers United of America, has been invited to attend the Pacific Research Institute’s discussion of public pensions. The event, Public Pension Tsunami: Closer to the Shore?, is a discussion presented by Pacific Research Institute. It will be held [...]


Brown will save California?

View release as a PDF SACRAMENTO— Lucky, lucky California! Today, Governor Brown announced a new budget! He was ‘off’ $16 billion on his last budget. But this time, yes this time, he’s sure he’s got it right! According to Brown, “You can never get it quite right…” No governor, YOU never got even close. He’s [...]


Pekin Daily Times | Dig deeper into pensions

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Gary Heiser wrote a letter to the editor  in the Pekin Daily Times featuring TUA’s three part series on the Illinois pension problem. To the editor: The editorial on pension reform was informative, but it did not go far enough into the problem. The editorial needed to expose the obscene retirement packages that Illinois taxpayers [...]


Government-Pension Crisis: #1 Budgetary Problem in U.S.

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The government-pension crisis is the number one budgetary problem in the U.S., stated the Vice President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA). “The government-employee pension plans of a number of cities are headed toward default, and these sinking pension plans are the underlying reason why some cities already have declared bankruptcy and why more cities [...]


Does Truth Matter?

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OAK PARK—On Thursday, May 3, Taxpayers United of America (TUA) will canvass the streets of Oak Park with flyers in order to raise awareness about the deceptive referenda ballot language used by the Oak Park Government School District 97 in 2011. The district’s tactics resulted in a successful property tax increase. TUA later filed suit [...]