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Taking pensions is flawed public policy

Taking pensions is flawed public policy

Pensions are earned


The 2017 general election is over. There’s lots to talk about. I heard a collective gasp from Facebook friends when I said I was voting no on Proposition 2. “Why wouldn‘t you, a long time researcher of police violence, want public officials, police, to forfeit their pensions for being convicted of a serious crime?” My response: Proposition 1 for a Constitutional Convention should be recognized as an attempted “administrative coup.”

Proposition 3 was a way to facilitate future land grabs to turn peoples’ land and potentially their homes over to politicos. I vehemently refused to vote “yes” on Proposition 2 — an assault on civil service workers’ pensions and civil service protections. Be aware that Proposition 2 will: Dilute civil servants’ benefits through judicial decisions and weaken legislation that protects government workers from officials’ political aspirations and vendettas.

As an end run around civil service legal protections and benefits, it will hurt government workers and their families. Pensions are family-earned, not the sole possession of one worker. Ask those who have gone through a divorce.

It is not a resource for closing a government’s annual budget gap. As an extra-legal pension grab, Proposition 2 will let governments control your savings for their benefit.

States and municipalities already routinely use pension funds to cover holes in their budgets. State and local governments let pension funds go into arrears, or they borrow against your pension, and pension managers’ bad investments erode workers’ pensions.

A government’s confiscating an alleged “criminal’s” pensions threatens all government workers. Eyes and ears Schenectady. You wanted Proposition 2; now our leaders need watching.

Martha K. Huggins


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