This page contains informal notes on the Pioneer Institute White Paper titled “Public Pensions: Unfair to State Employees, Unfair to Taxpayers” .
The Windfall Elimination Provision is designed to prevent higher earning state and local pensioners from being treated as low income earners for the purpose of computing social security benefits.
Public employee pension payments are generally dramatically higher than social security payments for similar earnings histories.
It is hard to draw apples-to-apples wage comparisons between the two sectors, because many state and local government jobs have no direct analogy in the private sector.
State and local government employees — on average — receive materially higher total compensation than private sector employees. Of course, public employees include many highly skilled categories of workers.
Comments and testimony regarding the movement of municipal employee health plans into the group insurance commission.