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  • The Rhubarb Patch: Is it time for politicians to get out of the pension business ?

     
    For Wednesday's print column, in advance of the special legislative session in Springfield on Wednesday to take another stab at pension reform, I initiated an email dialogue with Anders Lindall, right, spokesman for the local chapter of the American...
  • City employees get pay hikes, pay more into retirement

    Members of the Laguna Beach Municipal Employees Assn. and nonunion managers will get bigger paychecks starting July 1, but they will take on some of the costs of their retirement benefits. In a meeting Friday, the City Council approved 5% pay hikes,...
  • Feds issue guidance on same-sex married employees

    Federal employees who are in same-sex marriages will be allowed to sign up spouses and children for health insurance and other benefits immediately, the Office of Personnel Management announced Friday — the first significant federal policy change to...
  • Supreme Court reshapes same-sex marriage debate

    Supreme Court reshapes same-sex marriage debate
    In a decision with both historic and practical significance for gay and lesbian couples, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages — an outcome advocates hope will aid in their state-by-state...
  • Should Illinois retire its state pensions?

    Should Illinois retire its state pensions?
    Following up on my email dialogue on pensions last week with a spokesman for unionized state workers, this week I'm corresponding with Kristina Rasmussen, executive vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute, a free-market think tank based in...
  • $1 Million In Lawyers' Bills To Taxpayers For State's Defeat In Court

     $1 Million In Lawyers' Bills To Taxpayers For State's Defeat In Court
    The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals on May 31 reversed a lower court ruling, and gave unionized state employees a major victory in a 2003 class action lawsuit against ex-Gov. John G. Rowland and his budget chief, Marc Ryan. The appeals panel of...
  • Employee group objects to jail outsourcing

    The Costa Mesa City Employees Assn. is seeking a temporary restraining order Tuesday morning against an attempt to outsource jobs at the city jail. The proposed contract with G4S Secure Solutions — which is up for a vote of the City Council the...
  • Maryland's Fair Share Act is misnamed

    Maryland's Fair Share Act is misnamed
    Maryland's Fair Share Act is to fair what Liberace is to understated. The 2009 law mandating that all state employees pay union dues regardless of whether they belong to the union is, however, a huge boon to the bottom line of the American Federation of...
  • Council contracts security firm to run city jail

    The Costa Mesa City Council voted late Tuesday night to outsource its jail after a judge earlier in the day denied a request to block that move. The council's 4-1 decision, with Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissenting, approved a contract with G4S...
  • When will enough be enough for voters?

    In December 2012, Glendale Finance Director Bob Elliott told the public, “…at some point, we’ll have more retirees than active.” In the April 20 News-Press, in the story headlined “Pension cost rise to hit city budget,&...
  • City Council approves final Villaraigosa budget of $7.7 billion

    City Council approves final Villaraigosa budget of $7.7 billion
    The Los Angeles City Council on Thursday unanimously approved Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s final budget, expanding key services as several members acknowledged that many city workers will likely get a 5.5% raise in eight months. Councilman Eric...