Sacred Cods and Holy Mackerals

And now for something completely the same…
February 11, 2009, 12:47 pm
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Just like I predicted the oncoming downfall of Sal DiMasi, I am predicting that today’s story on the pension-doubling, ex-senator Brennan has all but guranteed that the Legislature will pass significant pension reform within the next six months.

I mean seriously, dude…doubling your pension because you sit on the city library baord of trustess. I mean, at least have the decency to show up to the meetings, or even serve a few months beyond the exact minimum date that qualifies you for a pension boost. It’s stories like this that cement every cynical emotion held by every Howie Carr fan in this state. Seriously…you can’t make this stuff up.

It is worth nothing that the vast majority of these pension abusers don’t belong to a state employee’s union — they’re all former legislators, or high-level managers. (Ignore the MBTA employees system for now…) The average state pension right now is about $24,000. We’re not talking a heck of a lot of money. It’s only a few dollars a day above the poverty line, and the average state employee actually contributes about 74% of what he/she ends up receiving in the end.

If I was runnig one of these state employee unions — the ones that represent the average state worker making about $20 an hour — I would have every member call their state rep and state senator demanding an end to this garbage, because its’ going to ruin it for the rest of them.

I think there was little doubt within the building that House Speaker DeLeo was being honest when he said pension reform would be a top priority. But now, instead of just some window-dressing, I think we’re going to see some significant changes. Otherwise, this will be a big part of the GOP’s gameplan to reclaim relevancy.

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