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Opinion: Yelmini says union leaders are as guilty as Rowland for pension debt

Suzanne Bates
Suzanne Bates

Suzanne Bates is the policy director for the Yankee Institute for Public Policy. She lives in South Windsor with her family. Follow her on Twitter @suzebates.

For years union leaders agreed to underfund the state’s public pension funds in exchange for perks offered up by whoever the governor was at the time — whether the perks were increased pay, greater job security, or an early retirement scheme.

As payments for retiree pensions and healthcare eat up a higher and higher portion of the state’s budget, the union’s chief negotiator would like you to believe the blame for our sky-high pension debt should be laid at the feet of governors, especially Gov. John G. Rowland.

Earlier this week, Daniel Livingston blamed Rowland for instituting a payment system in 1997, which led to payments that started small and grew over time as the budget grew.

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One response to “Opinion: Yelmini says union leaders are as guilty as Rowland for pension debt”

  1. John Hamlin

    “Maybe, since it was the union leaders who helped get us to this point, the unions should also bear some of the burden. Perhaps they can funnel the millions they’ve been spending on campaign contributions into the pension funds instead.” Bravo!

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