Archive for June, 2012

Politicians & Unions—Lying to Ill. Taxpayers About Gov’t Pensions Since ’95

View release as a PDF CHICAGO–Politicians and government-employee unions have been lying to Illinois taxpayers about government pension plans and their problems since 1995, charges levied by pension analyst and Taxpayers United of America (TUA) Director of Research Bill Zettler in his landmark book, “Illinois Pension Scam,” published on April 1, 2012. And, according to [...]


Nevada Government Pension Estimates Produce Excellent Press Coverage for TUA

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View release as a PDF Last week, Taxpayers United of America released the top pension amounts for Nevada state employees. Director of Outreach, Rae Ann McNeilly, held two well-attended press conferences in the state, one in Las Vegas and the other in Carson City. Five network TV stations were in attendance and the resulting press [...]


Patriot Post | Spending Drives North Las Vegas to Declare State of Emergency

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Las Vegas, Nevada, are featured in this article from the Patriot Post. The blossoming battle over unsustainable levels of compensation for government union workers has shifted to Nevada. On June 1st, the North Las Vegas City Council granted the city manager special authority to suspend parts of union contracts in order to [...]


Chicago Tribune | Study calls for probing of political corruption in more than 60 suburbs

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Jim Tobin, President of Taxpayers United of America, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune for the following article on a proposed inspector general for the suburbs. A proposal to create an inspector general for the suburbs drew skeptical reactions Monday, as officeholders and taxpayer watchdogs questioned how the position would work and whether it’s necessary. [...]


Suburban Teacher/Administrator Crosses Swords with TUA on Pensions

View release as a PDF “Dave,” presumably a teacher or administrator in a Northwest-suburban school district, using the district’s e-mail address and most likely a school computer paid-for by taxpayers, sent the following rather slipshod e-mail to TUA President Jim Tobin: “I read your remarks made about teachers receiving a greater pension then [sic] ]people [...]


KRNV News 4 | Groups fears “staggering” public employee pension payouts

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Finding from TUA’s pension project on Las Vegas, Nevada, are featured in this story from KRNV News 4. To see video of the story, click on the image below. CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) – A taxpayer watchdog group is calling for reform of the Public Employees Retirement System after claiming to have uncovered some, [...]


KSNV NEWS 3 | Union pension plans under the microscope

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Finding from TUA’s pension project on Las Vegas, Nevada, are featured in this story from KSNV News 3. To see video of the story, click on the image below. LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3)– Unions see it as their right–others call public employee pensions a perk. A conservative group telling News 3′s Mackenzie Warren promises [...]


KTNV Channel 13 Action News | Report: Nevada’s lavish pensions are unsustainable

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Findings from TUA’s pension project on Las Vegas, Nevada, are featured in this story from KTNV Channel 13 Action News. To see video of the story, click on the image below. Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) – A government watchdog group is sounding the alarm about what they call Nevada’s “lavish” pension system. Taxpayers United of America says [...]


Las Vegas Sun | Examination of public employee pensions raises eyebrows, questions about accuracy

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Finding from TUA’s pension project on Las Vegas, Nevada, are featured in this article at the Las Vegas Sun. While the state retirement system appeals a court order to release individual pension data, a privately funded nonprofit group has taken it upon itself to estimate pensions for hundreds of public employees throughout local and state [...]


Nevada’s Staggering Government Pension System Revealed!

View release as a PDF CARSON CITY—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) today released estimated pension payouts for Carson City area and Nevada government employees. Nevada refuses to release actual government pensions, ignoring citizens’ right to review all payments funded by taxes. TUA calculated estimated pensions for government employees based on actual salaries of current government [...]


Las Vegas Hides Staggering Government Pension Payments From Taxpayers

View release as a PDF LAS VEGAS—Taxpayers United of America (TUA) released estimated pension payouts for Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Clark County government employees. Nevada refuses to release actual government pensions, ignoring citizens’ right to review all payments funded by taxes. TUA calculated estimated pensions for government employees based on actual salaries [...]


Examiner.com | Book calls Illinois teachers underworked, overpaid

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TUA’s release on Bill Zettler’s book, Illinois Pension Scam, was featured in the following article at examiner.com. June 15, 2012. Springfield. While many states across the nation are having difficulty paying for government employee pensions, Illinois is widely considered to be in the worst shape in the country. You know it’s bad when authors start [...]


Lisa Madigan Again Opposes Toll-Tax Rollback

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View release as a PDF The office of Ill. Attorney General Lisa Madigan (D) again is asking Judge Rita M. Novak of the Circuit Court of Cook County to grant Madigan’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit that would roll back the toll-tax increase that went in to effect on January 1st. The suit, brought by [...]


Illinois Government-Teacher Pensions Far Above Average For Less Work

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View release as a PDF “How much pension should be paid to part-time employees with partial careers?” asks pension analyst Bill Zettler in his book Illinois Pension Scam, published on April 1, 2012. Illinois government-employee pensions and the amount of “work” performed to earn these pensions is explored by Zettler, and the results of his [...]


Taxpayers United Files Petition With Ill. Supreme Court in Oak Park Dist. 97 Case

View release as a PDF On June 5, 2012, plaintiffs Taxpayers United of America (TUA) and Noel Kuriakos filed a “Petition for Leave to Appeal” with the Illinois Supreme Court regarding its lawsuit against Oak Park Dist. 97, which places the petition in the Court’s hamper of cases, whereby the Court will decide whether or [...]