CITIZENS   FOR  LIMITED  TAXATION
and the
Citizens Economic Research Foundation

 

Post Office Box 1147  ●  Marblehead, Massachusetts   01945  ●   (508) 915-3665


Government employees -- aka "public servants"
A Class of Their Own

As economic cycles rise and fall, only public employee benefits always increase.

As the private sector cuts costs and employee benefits to survive, public employee benefits only increase.

Whether property values rise or fall, public employee benefits always climb.

Nationally, public employee salaries and benefits now exceed those of the private sector by 50 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

These overly-generous entitlements have for too long been falsely termed "fixed costs."  They are "fixed" by politicians negotiating with public employee unions. "Fixed" is the right word only as in "the fix is in."

The only way to continue supporting public employee unions' ceaseless demands and their steadily escalating salaries and benefits is through higher taxes or with drastically reduced core government services year after year.  Every cent that goes to their luxuries comes directly from strapped tax-paying family budgets.  Taxpayers are receiving fewer and less basic government services as public employees get fatter at the trough.

The end of this continuum is arriving, one way or the other.

Taxpayers have run out of money . . . and patience.  The bill is coming due, and the politically promised money just isn't there -- by a long shot.

We're tired of this taxpayer-funded double standard. We're fed up with working harder and longer and being taxed more for less just to support the grand lifestyle to which public employees have become accustomed.

This system of abuse and its unconscionable sense of entitlement is about to crash and burn if it isn't very quickly reformed.  When under its own weight it inevitably does, there simply won't be enough taxpayers to further victimize to pay for its unimaginable cost.  We will have been tapped dry, bankrupted.  All of us.  And with us, so too will be the greedy public employees with their unfunded promises -- all victims of political expedience.

This end is not far off, and the juggernaut plods steadily toward us.  It will arrive sooner or later.  If nothing is done to correct past largesse at taxpayers' expense, it will arrive sooner.  In some places it already has.

SNL Skit Mocks Government Employees

 

The Pioneer Institute
White Papers

Public Pensions [PDF file]
Unfair to State Employees, Unfair to Taxpayers (Part 1)
May, 2006

Leaving Money on the Table [PDF file]
The 106 Pension Funds of Massachusetts (Part 2)
May, 2006

The Elephant in the Room [PDF file]
Unfunded Public Employee Health Care Benefits & GASB 45 (Part 3)
July, 2006

A Boston Globe Series
MASSACHUSETTS PENSION ABUSE
Reported by John Drake, Michael Levenson, Sean P. Murphy, Frank Phillips, and Donovan Slack
Over the past year, the Boston Globe has reported on abuses in state and local pensions.
The backlash prompted Governor Deval Patrick and the state Legislature to push for pension reform.

Also visit the  "Pension Tsunami"  website

"That approaching wave of pension debt is bigger than it looks. The purpose of this site is to provide an overview of the multiple pension crises that are about to drown America's taxpayers. . . ."


Over a decade of reports, commentary, and warnings . . .

Government employee unions on the run ... everywhere but here
CLT UPDATE
Mar. 14, 2011
Public Employee Union Kick-Back
CLT MEMO TO THE LEGISLATURE
Mar. 11, 2011
Mass. Public Employee Unions Try One Last Scam
CLT UPDATE
Mar. 9, 2011
Union Kick-Backs
CLT NEWS RELEASE
Mar. 8, 2011
I Stand with WI Governor Scott Walker Rally
CLT ALERT!
Feb. 22, 2011
The next fiscal crisis has arrived
CLT UPDATE
Dec. 29, 2010
CBS News - 60 Minutes
Dec. 19, 2010
"The Next Financial Meltdown"
The Boston Globe
SPECIAL REPORT
Part 1: Runaway health costs are rocking municipal budgets
Feb. 28, 2010
Part 2: Unions safeguard health benefits
Mar. 1, 2010
For public employees, economic reality means little
By Taylor Armerding
Eagle-Tribune
Jul. 5, 2009
Unions vs. Taxpayers
Organized labor has become by far
the most powerful political force in government

By Steve Malanga
The Wall Street Journal
May 14, 2009
Reform -- really?  A way to go yet
CLT UPDATE
Apr. 3, 2009
Even when public employees lose, they win
CLT UPDATE
Dec. 11, 2008
All-out war for public employee unions vs. taxpayers
Unions' gloves are off, masks removed

CLT UPDATE
Oct. 4, 2008
Pension Time Bomb
By George F. Will
The Washington Post
Sep. 11, 2008
Judge rules Vallejo meets bankruptcy requirements
Decision sets stage for battle over employee contracts

Vallejo Times Herald
Sep. 5, 2008
Napa risks bankruptcy unless pensions, benefits reduced
Grand jury report critical of city, county post-employee benefits packages

Napa Valley (CA) Register
Jun. 29, 2008
State spending exploding, slowed only by repeal threat
CLT UPDATE
Jun. 25, 2008
Legislature winds "Ticking Time Bomb's" doomsday spring tighter
CLT UPDATE
Jun. 11, 2008
Bigger pensions drawing protests
Lawmakers' initiative could cost $6b or more;
Critics say state, towns can't afford increase

The Boston Globe
May 28, 2008
Megatons being added to “Ticking Time Bomb” payload
CLT UPDATE
May 28, 2008
Hub coughs up big bucks in sick time
Critics call for changes to buyback system

The Boston Herald
May 28, 2008
The battle to curb public pensions
By Charles Chieppo
The Boston Globe
May 21, 2008
Vallejo:  Poster Child of a New Era?
By Andrew Ward
The Bond Buyer
"The Daily Newspaper of Public Finance"
May 9, 2008
Teachers union greed again rejected
CLT UPDATE
Apr. 22, 2008
A Senate cop-out on police details?
CLT UPDATE
Apr. 7, 2008
The Unions Go to Town ... and bankrupt America's cities
by Stephen Moore
The Weekly Standard
Mar. 24, 2008
The Coming Showdown with Public Labor
By Lewis M. Andrews
Human Events
Mar. 12, 2008
"More Is Never Enough" but revolution is in the air
CLT UPDATE
Feb. 7, 2008
Fate of the Unions
By Joe Keohane
Boston Magazine, December 2007
"Municipal Meltdown" getting closer
CLT UPDATE
Dec. 10, 2007
Municipalities not biting on state's health insurance savings offer
State House News Service
Nov. 14, 2007
Taxpayers shoveling against the tide
CLT UPDATE
Oct. 4, 2007
Public employee unions' greed killing local services
CLT UPDATE
Sep. 24, 2007
"Pension Tidal Wave" (a 3-part exposé)
The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company
Aug 1-3, 2007
"Pension Tidal Wave" - The "ticking time bomb" again acknowledged
CLT UPDATE
Aug. 3, 2007
The haves and the have-nots:  Public employees vs. taxpayers
CLT UPDATE
Jun. 29, 2007
Finally bringing public employee unions to heel?
CLT UPDATE
Jun. 5, 2007
Real tax relief requires show of legislative courage
A Salem News editorial
May 29, 2007
Employee costs are breaking municipal budgets
An Eagle-Tribune editorial
May 13, 2007
Override mania: You pay more so city, town employees can get more
By Barbara Anderson
The Salem News
May 10, 2007
Firing could boost a state pension
The Boston Globe
Apr. 26, 2007
A raging elephant in the living room
CLT UPDATE
Apr. 4, 2007
Pension gap divides public and private workers
By Dennis Cauchon
USA Today
Feb. 21, 2007
"A government position is not a license to steal"
CLT UPDATE
Oct. 7, 2006
Taxpayers are sick from public servants' abuses
CLT UPDATE
Sep. 29, 2006
Pension abuse costing us taxpayers plenty
by Barbara Anderson
The Salem News
Jun. 16, 2006
The ticking time bomb -- Part II
CLT UPDATE
Jun, 12, 2006
Busting local budgets
A Boston Herald editorial
Oct. 5, 2005
Report blasts city union pay raises
The Boston Globe
Oct. 5, 2005
The problem has again been defined. Now what's the solution?
CLT UPDATE
Sep. 8, 2005
Governors target employee benefits
Cite fairness, cost in seeking change

The Boston Globe
May 16, 2005
HEALTH-CARE CRISIS
The Great State Health-Care Giveaway
Taxpayers get the bill, and it’s easily hundreds of billions of dollars
By Janice Revell
Fortune Magazine
Apr. 19, 2005
Taxpayers' employees, a class of their own
CLT UPDATE
Mar. 8, 2005
"Hit a pothole, thank a teacher"
CLT UPDATE
May 1, 2005
The secret ticking time bomb:
"public service" pensions, health insurance giveaways

CLT UPDATE
Apr. 24, 2005
Taxpayers' employees, a class of their own
CLT UPDATE
Mar. 8, 2005
Property taxes skyrocket
while Public Employees swim in salaries

CLT UPDATE
Jan. 25, 2005
When unions fail children
by Charles D. Chieppo
The Boston Herald
Jan. 24, 2005
7th highest state pension debt;
with MTF's help aiming for #1?

CLT UPDATE
Sep. 19, 2003
Budgets sag under sick-time buybacks
A Boston Globe investigative series
The Boston Globe
Apr. 23 - May 8, 2004
When teacher's out
By David Joyner and Shawn Boburg
A major exposé by The Eagle-Tribune Publishing Company
Jun. 16 - 19, 2003
"The platinum parachute"
CLT UPDATE
May 30, 2002
Beacon Hill exceeds our cynicism, yet again, with more pension abuses
CLT UPDATE
Oct. 21, 2002
Crooked ex-cops get city pensions
The Boston Herald
Oct. 22, 2002
All Aboard the "Pension Express"!
CLT UPDATE
Jun. 14, 2000
Towns rolling in cash
The Eagle-Tribune
Feb. 16, 1999
 
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Public Employee Union Pension Abuse Reports on the CLT website