Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Bailout Committee Election Results

Now that we have a  Democratic House of Representatives the chances are excellent for some sort of bailout of multiemployer plans to be legislated in the next Congress. That is, unless those Democrats on the bailout committee fared poorly in yesterday’s election thus sending some sort of message. Here are the committee members with results for those who had races:

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Gubernatorial Results for Pensions

As a followup to the last blog about states where public pensions are something of an issue in the election for governor, here is how it turned out:

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Gubernatorial Candidates On Pensions

P&I did a lengthy story* on states where public pensions are an issue in the election for governor. Here is a condensed summary of that story with relevant video where available:

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Iowa Gubernatorial Debate on Pensions

In 2016 Governor Terry Branstad opened a debate over the future of public employees’ pensions in Iowa that went nowhere until it turned up as a scare tactic in this years’ final gubernatorial debate:
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So how does IPERS look?

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Pretty Low in NJ

John Reitmeyer of njspotlight hit it on the head during this week’s Reporters Roundtable program that otherwise examined in painful detail the Murphy campaign being a safe-haven for rapists and Menendez being accused by someone associated with the FBI* of vacationing in the Dominican Republic primarily for the underage prostitutes.
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I would only note:

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Illinois Gubernatorial Debate on Pensions – Number 2

Another debate in Illinois and again, after the toilet questions had been exhausted, the pension issue came up:
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Both agree on the $130 billion hole but obviously are on the path of distracting from rather than tackling it. Contrast the jejune responses to the most serious challenge Illinois faces to how they perk up when allowed to wallow in the muck:

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Illinois Gubernatorial Debate on Pensions

Towards the end of the gubernatorial debate in Illinois (after the toilet questions had been exhausted) a facebook user brought up the pension issue:
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Again, not having followed Illinois pensions or politics too closely, I have two questions that maybe someone out there can help me with.

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