Earlier today a FlashReport reader emailed me, surprised that the public employee union bosses would agree to any kind of pension reforms, not matter how insignificant. He pointed out that any reforms are routinely killed by the legislature — and he pointed to legislation by Senator Tony Strickland this year, killed by Democrats, that would have caused a public employee’s pension benefits to be taken away if they were convicted of a felony in the conduct of the very job from which the benefits were derived. Good points.
My response to him was that the reason why the union bosses will be willing to support some minor reforms (addressing some spiking, some airtime purchasing, etc.) was to try and take the wind out of the sails of real pension reform. With the same surety (polling) that union bosses know that the public will not support broad-based tax increases, they also know… Read More