Connecticut is a national outlier when it comes to determining state employee pension benefits. That's confirmed by a respected research organization, the Pew Charitable Trusts, in a recent report.
The way this state sets state retirement benefits leaves the legislature largely out of the conversation. The legislature should take up the think tank's recommendation to get more information from other states on their retirement benefits and policies.
There are just four states where collective bargaining plays a primary role in determining pension benefits, and Connecticut is one of them, says Pew.
Here, the governor and his budget chief do the talking for the state with...