John McKinney

Base Pensions On Base Pay

I’m glad to see that there is strong support for policies to prohibit state employees, including lawmakers, from padding their pensions [Jan. 10, Opinion, “Legislators, Stop Padding Your Pensions”].

To set the record straight, Connecticut Republicans have repeatedly put forward proposals to calculate pensions using only base salary pay. The goal of our proposals was to prohibit additional payments, such as overtime and mileage reimbursements, from being counted toward any state employee’s pension — including our own.

Such proposed changes to keep these funds out of pension calculations were repeatedly put on the table by our former leaders John McKinney and Larry Cafero and...