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Tobin says: "Michigan Press buzzing about Public Pensions Largesse"

MICHIGAN – Taxpayers United of America has released the top pensions for Michigan government teachers and employees. “This is an effort to shed light on the problems with Michigan’s government pension system in a way that the average, working taxpayer can relate to,” said Christina Tobin, Vice President of Taxpayers United of America (TUA), and founder and President of ‘Free and Equal.’ “While some reforms have occurred in Michigan, more pressure needs to be applied by taxpayers,” she said.

“The broken government pension system desperately needs reform, and revealing individual names and pension amounts illustrates the problem very clearly,” said Tobin. “The current system, designed to keep the wrong people in power, is corrupt. It is a system that makes government, and those with whom government negotiates — union bosses, politicians, and administrators — wealthy on the backs of taxpayers.”

“There is no fair representation of taxpayers. This is a nationwide, non-partisan problem that burdens the Left and Right alike, and has fueled the financial crisis facing Michigan taxpayers and retirees. The urgency of this crisis is illustrated by the extensive press coverage that our government pension reports have received throughout Michigan.”

Note to Michigan: Top Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County Pensions Exposed!

ANN ARBOR–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that retired Ann Arbor government employees are not only receiving lavish, gold-plated pensions, but that their estimated pension payments in many cases are larger than some salaries in the private sector. Furthermore, over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees, when they retire, become pension millionaires.

“While Ann Arbor stagnates with 8% unemployment, a median home value of $223,000 and an average annual wage of $52,000, retired Ann Arbor government employees are enjoying lavish, gold-plated pensions that have made some of them pension millionaires,” said Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President.

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“Ann Arbor retired government employees are doing much better than the average Ann Arbor worker in the private sector. Thomas Schmid receives an annual pension of $126,224 — $10,519 a month. Schmid’s estimated lifetime pension payout is $3,930,617.”

“Retired from the city of Ann Arbor, William Wheeler receives an annual pension of $121,861 — $10,155 a month. Wheeler’s estimated lifetime pension payout is $4,321,177.”

Note To Michigan: Top Wayne County Pensions Exposed!

Note To Michigan: Top Wayne County Pensions Exposed!

DETROIT–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that retired Wayne County and Michigan State government employees are not only receiving lavish, gold-plated pensions, but that their pension payments, in many cases, are larger than some salaries in the private sector. Furthermore, over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees, when they retire, become pension millionaires.

“While Wayne County stagnates with 13.7% unemployment, a median home value of $125,000 and an average annual wage of $55,000, retired Wayne County government employees are enjoying lavish, gold-plated pensions that have made some of them pension millionaires,” said Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President.

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“The city of Detroit has been dragging its feet for nearly three months, in providing the requested pension data to us. Stall tactics by government bureaucrats are an attempt to keep taxpayers from knowing exactly what is happening with their hard earned money.”

“Wayne County retired government employees are doing much better than the average worker in the private sector. Michele Harris receives an annual pension of $159,477. Harris’s estimated lifetime pension payout is $5,741,181.”

Ingham and Eaton and Lansing, Oh My! Top Government Pensions Exposed!

LANSING–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that retired Ingham and Eaton County, and Michigan state government employees are not only receiving lavish, gold-plated pensions, but that their pension payments, in many cases, are larger than some salaries in the private sector. Furthermore, over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees, when they retire, become pension millionaires.

“While Ingham and Eaton Counties stagnate with 10.4% and 9.0% unemployment; median home values of $140,000 and $155,000; and average annual wages of $49,000and $42,000, respectively, retired area government employees are enjoying lavish, gold-plated pensions that have made some of them pension millionaires,” said Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President.

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“The city of Lansing responded to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with invoices totaling more than $23,000 to retrieve the data.  Assistant City Attorney and FOIA Coordinator, Donald J. Kulhanek’s outrageous bill is tantamount to a refusal to release the pensions for Lansing?”

“Eaton and Inghan County retired government employees are doing much better than the average area worker in the private sector. Retired Eaton county government employee James Stewart receives an annual pension of $81,841.

Note to Michigan: Top Grand Rapids Pensions Exposed!

Note to Michigan: Top Grand Rapids Pensions Exposed!

GRAND RAPIDS–A report released today by Taxpayers United of America (TUA) reveals that retired Grand Rapids and Kent County government employees are not only receiving lavish, gold-plated pensions, but that their pension payments, in many cases, are larger than some salaries in the private sector. Furthermore, over a normal lifetime, many of these government employees, when they retire, become pension millionaires.

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“While Grand Rapids stagnates with 8.8% unemployment, a median home value of $148,000 and an average annual wage of $45,000, retired Ann Arbor government employees are enjoying lavish, gold-plated pensions that have made some of them pension millionaires,” said Christina Tobin, TUA Vice President.

“Grand Rapids retired government employees are doing much better than the average Grand Rapids worker in the private sector. Randall J. Fisher receives an annual pension of $96,179. Fisher’s estimated lifetime pension payout is $3,410,513.”

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