Lobbyists Sneak Onto Public Pension Rolls
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  • Thirdsyphon

    This is depressing news, but in hindsight I suppose it’s not all that surprising. They’re lobbyists, after all, so in a sense their ability to secure completely unjustifiable benefits that run counter to the public interest is just proof of their skill.

    It’s also proof of the crying need for much tighter regulations on lobbyists, campaign financing, or both.

  • Dr Mead: I have no idea what this clause means: “But what is surprising is that many of these municipalities these
    lobbyists full state pensions…” I can certainly extrapolate meaning, but … why bother? If this is what the blog has come down to, if this is the standard for a blog that often has academics and education as its focus, well.. what’s the point? I have had my son’s English teacher tell me spelling no longer matters because of spell checker technology. I have listened to teacher spread all kinds of EdSchool claptrap in Back-to-School sessions. Those are mandatory. This blog is not. If you care at all about your readers, if you recognizes that most of us are not high school dropouts, if you acknowledge that we expect better of you – and you should expect better of yourself, fine. But if this crap continues – surely to be blamed on “interns” though your name is at the mast – I see no point in reading it.

    • Philopoemen

      Why do you object to these lobbyists full state pensions? Does it stem from in many of these municipalities these lobbyists?

    • Jim__L

      Pssst … “if you recognizes” … you might want to fix that.

      The point is well made, though. Hopefully the VM crew puts a little more attention into editing, even with WRM in India.

  • Anthony

    For timely and related material see “States and localities owe far, far more than their citizens know: The indebted states of America.” (Steven Malanga, City Journal – article is long read)

  • Mahon1

    This is simply preposterous. How can someone who is not a public employee have a public employee pension? It is an open invitation to cronyism and corruption, and a great example of the contempt that the entrenched governing class has for citizens, taxpayers and (real) public employees. Let the lobbying firms set up their own pension plans.

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