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Taxpayers Have A Right To Know

March 13, 2013

For decades there was little opposition to making taxpayer-funded pension information available to the public. It was hard for regular citizens to get their hands on the information....

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Mar-15-13 9:37 PM

"where are those taxed enough already tparty patriots?" Making sure their children have jobs in public education... Haven't you heard?

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Mar-14-13 7:46 PM

I'm not jumpin' in on this one. I think I'll go take my BP medicine a little early tonight.

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Mar-14-13 2:22 PM

where are those taxed enough already tparty patriots?

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Mar-14-13 9:44 AM

Double dipping pensioners should take in less pension money if they already getting one or two public pensions. Almost everyone I know who whn into public sevice is working on second and even third guaranteed pensions. I know of someone collecting over 10K a month in their own multi pensions, and a spouse pension survivor benefit. Yes they are teachers and law enforcement. Retired at 55 with a six figure pension.

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Mar-13-13 2:42 PM

url won't post here...just google seethroughny

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Mar-13-13 2:30 PM

Empire Center for New York State Policy maintains a web site; See Through NY url *******seethroughny****/ All public employee salary, pension is posted.

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Mar-13-13 1:06 PM

I believe that the early consensus, based on relevant comments, agrees with the piece today.

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Mar-13-13 12:41 PM


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Mar-13-13 12:41 PM

see dog--we should all be proud of our choice of professions--I have no problem with yours------and the fact that you are not a drain on the taxxpayers is certainly something to be proud of.

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Mar-13-13 9:57 AM

As a tier one retired NYS former employee I have absolutely no problem making my pension public info.. People.. the larger problem is that we live in an area where grown men and women think that 10 dollars an hour is a big deal.To the young people: get an education, a skill that is in demand and get out.

ps: don't get me started on those rich teachers and snow plow drivers.. wtf

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Mar-13-13 9:45 AM

see dog, I pay more in taxes than you earn as a househusband--but I do agree that pensions , those that we the taxpayers provide,should be made public- my pension and health ins.benefits was established by my production, not by a taxpayer levy.

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Mar-13-13 9:43 AM

I have looked at this system in the past and am very concerned about access to someones pension payments. Frankly, they are no longer employed and what they are receiving should not be broadcast. Saying that, does that mean people should have access to our social security payment and how much medicare is paying for various treatments? While they are employed, that should be public knowledge, but once retired, confidentiality should be imposed!

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Mar-13-13 9:36 AM

Holy cow....we practically call for the overthrow of the government and newspapers in general for publishing who owns a weapon and how many in your neiborhood but now its a crisis because we can't find out how much people make in retirement? its funny how some information is secret and some isn't

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Mar-13-13 9:08 AM

I meant in print, see dog.

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Mar-13-13 8:51 AM

this could be a fun day--your turn see dog- defend that teacher's union--do it-----------

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Mar-13-13 8:37 AM

The only thing that isn't available now is what individuals make. The pension system and all of the policies/contributions are easily accessible and always have been.

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Mar-13-13 7:44 AM

Why isn't anyone asking what are the pensions and benefits of our "top notch" politicans in Washington that have done absolutely nothing over the last 5 years? They expect everyone else to bleed alittle except them.

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Mar-13-13 6:43 AM

All private sector pay and retirement should be public information as well. After all who, but private individuals, pays their wages as well? What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

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Mar-13-13 6:28 AM

Yeah, those horrible, wealthy teachers living in those big, old mansions who only work "six hours a day"...yeah, you'd know. You have NO clue.

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Mar-13-13 2:48 AM

teachers do not want us to know how overpaid, under worked they are. taxpayers have been duped for decades. total BS.

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