Pension ‘fix’ flaws

Published: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The governor and General Assembly, for more than 30 years, have neglected to fund retirements as prescribed by the law.

They violated the Constitution by changing retirements. They violate the Constitution by not providing the majority of revenue for education, which explains why our property-tax bills are outrageous.

With a few notable exceptions, these nefarious lawbreakers have designed a “retirement fix” that places the state’s financial woes on state workers and retirees without addressing state corruption and waste.

State workers followed the law, which required them to belong to the system, and they paid substantial amounts into the retirement system.

The retirees did not cause this problem – governors and General Assemblies for the past 30 plus years did.

Senate Bill 1 was voted on without researching all the legal implications and without any independent auditing.

Is it any wonder why Illinois ranks as the 47th worst governed state? Senate Bill 1 is designed to cover the corruption in our government, fix blame on people who adhered to the law, protect lawmakers who capriciously violated the law, and permit the politics of corruption and waste in Illinois to continue unabated.

Ron Erdmann

Spring Grove

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