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.
I write to explain my recent vote today against the proposal for a National Popular Vote (NPV). I voted in the losing minority in a lop-sided 116 to 37 vote.
I’m working with state representatives in my neighboring communities to start a legislative conversation about regionalization.