Illinois taxpayers are on the hook for another one of those fat pension deals that state legislators have set up for themselves.
The State Employees Retirement System has signed off on granting former Rep. Kurt Granberg (D-Carlyle) a yearly pension of $113,305.
Which is $40,288 more a year than he would have gotten if his pension were based only on his 22-year legislative career, which ended in mid-January.
Instead, pension officials decided Granberg had earned the higher pension serving as director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, a post then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed him to on Jan. 16, less than two weeks before being booted out of office.
Granberg didn't last much longer. He hadn't gotten Senate confirmation yet when Gov. Quinn fired him Feb. 5.
So the pension system had to decide whether to base his retirement payments on his final $85,903-a-year legislative salary or on his $133,300 DNR salary. Lawmakers' pensions are based on 85 percent of their final salary
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ENERGY: • The energy challenges our country faces are severe and have gone unaddressed for far too long. • Our addiction to foreign oil doesn't just undermine our national security and wreak havoc on our environment — it cripples our economy and strains the budgets of working families all across America. • Creating a new energy economy isn’t just a challenge to meet, it’s also an opportunity to create new businesses, new industries, and millions of new jobs – jobs that pay well and cannot be outsourced. • The President will make historic investments that will double the nation’s supply of renewable energy in the next three years; spur new discoveries in energy, medicine, science and technology through the largest infusion of basic research funding in American history; and put Americans back to work modernizing buildings and weatherizing homes.
HEALTH CARE:• The skyrocketing cost of health care — costs that are straining family budgets, crippling businesses and consuming government budgets – is one of the greatest threats to America’s fiscal health. • In the last eight years, health care premiums have grown four times faster than wages, and an additional nine million Americans have become uninsured. The cost of health care now causes a bankruptcy in America every thirty seconds. • Even for people with health care, all it takes is one stroke of bad luck to become one of the nearly 46 million uninsured — or the millions who have health care, but can’t afford it. • Health care reform is no longer just a moral imperative, it is a fiscal imperative. If we want to create jobs and rebuild our economy, then we must address the crushing cost of health care this year.
EDUCATION: • Our education policies will help determine whether our children have the chance to fulfill their potential and whether our workers have the chance to build a better life for their families. • Education has always been the foundation for achieving the American dream, providing opportunity to millions of American families, newcomers, and immigrants. • Our nation’s economic competitiveness depends on providing every child with an education that will enable them to compete in a global economy that is predicated on knowledge and innovation. • We cannot let other countries outperform us in education if America is to remain a global economic leader in the 21st Century
HOW DOES THE PRESIDENT'S BUDGET PLAN CREATE JOBS AND IMPROVE THE ECONOMY? The first order of business for President Obama is to get our economy moving again, create jobs and lay the foundation for growth in the short and long term. The President is committed to bringing the type of change we need to the economy and to our national priorities that gets us out of the boom and bust economic cycles we have seen over the last two decades and instead provides for steady long term growth that we can count on. The future of our economy and job creation is tied to our ability to improve education, make health care more affordable and invest in renewable energy to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil - all priorities of the President's budget plan.
WHAT IS BEING DONE ABOUT THESE AIG BONUSES? It is AIG’s own recklessness and greed that put the company in trouble in the first place and the President shares the outrage of the country and the taxpayers over these bonuses. The President has directed the Treasury Department to use the taxpayer's investment in AIG as leverage and pursue every legal avenue available to block these bonuses. The President is doing everything possible to get to the bottom of this and protect American taxpayers from this outrage.
HOW DOES THE PRESIDENT'S PLAN ADDRESS THE GROWING BUDGET DEFICIT? The President believes that after we emerge from the current economic crisis which is gripping the country, that we must get our fiscal house in order. His budget plan cuts wasteful spending, eliminates unnecessary programs and allows tax breaks for the wealthiest of Americans and corporations to expire in 2011. By making the needed investments to get our economy moving again, and by making the hard choices in these other areas, President Obama's plan will cut the current projected budget deficit in half by the end of his first term in office. ________________________________________________________________________________ Bitch2: This is the script to the video I posted yesterday. I was bothered after watching the video & the training video this project is to get citizen's to sign a petition to get Obama budget passed. ALL Lies
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