October 31, 2011

Removing Pension Dollars from the RI Economy

I've looked at some numbers related to pensions and the local economy, including the fact that the state sends $142 million in public pension payouts out of state.

October 29, 2011

Who Is Stealing from Whom?

It cannot be "theft" for government to reduce public employee pensions unless it is also theft for government to take money from taxpayers in order to pay them.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:13 AM
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October 27, 2011

Later Retirement Doesn't Harm School Districts' Payroll Costs

It turns out that requiring teachers to work another five years actually saves in salary costs, over the long run.

October 25, 2011

Hybrid Savings Mean System Failure

As an example, I've estimated the effects of an underperforming market on the current and proposed public pension systems.

October 24, 2011

The Catholic Notion of a Global Authority

Free marketers aren't being fair (or thorough) in their response to a Vatican document on global financial reform.

Posted by Justin Katz at 4:56 PM
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A Little Bit of Practical Experience Regarding Food Stamps

Somehow, the challenge of existing on the average national food stamp allotment doesn't strike me as all that daunting.

Posted by Justin Katz at 2:29 PM
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Early on the Radio

I'll be going on the Helen Glover Show, WHJJ 920 AM, at 7:45, this morning to talk some more about hybrids and pension reform in general.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:13 AM
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October 21, 2011

Some Lunchtime Listening

I'll be appearing on the Dan Yorke show on 99.7FM/630AM WPRO from 12 to 1 p.m. to talk about pensions and (no doubt) various other topics.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:49 AM
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October 19, 2011

Hybrid Pies

To illustrate my point about Treasurer Raimondo's hybrid pension plan, I've posted some pie charts.

As with Cars, a Hybrid Pension Will Cost More

My second pension post on the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity site points out that the anticipated per-employee cost of the hybrid system will actually be higher than the price that taxpayers are currently being given for pensions.

Negotiating Points in the Pension Proposal

Several of the hot-button proposals in Treasurer Raimondo's pension reform are a negotiating numbers game.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:19 PM
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October 18, 2011

A Protest the Media Can Love

The Providence Journal's coverage of Occupy Providence differs markedly from its handling of the RI Tea Party.

Posted by Justin Katz at 7:49 PM
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October 14, 2011

The Legislative Response Rate on Tuition

Large percentages of legislators in RI oppose in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, but large percentages also don't appear willing to go on the record stating an opinion.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:29 AM
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October 12, 2011

Running the State as a Giant Corporation Is a Bad Idea

Letting government get too involved in shaping the local economy is not a route toward entrepreneurship.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:35 AM
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October 11, 2011

An Inapplicable Model

RI leaders are traveling the country looking for ways to create behemoth, centralized economic players, when they should be concentrating on easing regulations, mandates, and taxes

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:33 AM
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October 7, 2011

Usurpation Cannot Be Challenged in Central Falls

If the State of Rhode Island imposes a municipal dictator, don't dare challenge the move in court.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:37 AM
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October 6, 2011

Ah, Communism: the Political Structure of the People!

Chinese gates around food that's actually healthy is a pretty good symbol of communism.

Posted by Justin Katz at 10:00 AM
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The Governor's Evasive Principles on Immigration

RI Gov. Chafee doesn't seem to understand the real significance of benefits for illegal immigrants.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:26 AM
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October 5, 2011

Erroneous, One-Sided Public Discourse Misleads on Tuition

A widely cited report supporting the expansion of in-state college tuition to illegal immigrants is almost entirely incorrect in its purported findings.

Posted by Justin Katz at 12:25 PM
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October 4, 2011

The Pension Performance Is Already Underway

The folks orchestrating pension reform are putting on quite a show, because they're once again going to take the easy way out.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:31 AM
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Checking in from a Seminar

Mention of David Cicilline at Monday's GetMotivated seminar received a deserving boo.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:30 AM
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October 3, 2011

Block on the Labor-Social Welfare Crackup

As RI's economy flounders and its government struggles with a problem that it created but does not understand, old alliances are likely to be torn appart.

Posted by Justin Katz at 6:23 AM
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