By Michael Gormley, Associated Press
Private lobbying groups for cities, counties get public pensions in at least 20 states
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- As a lobbyist in New York's statehouse, Stephen Acquario is doing pretty well. He pulls down $204,000 a year, more than the governor makes, gets a Ford Explorer as his company car and is afforded another special perk:
Even though he's not a government employee, he is entitled to a full state pension.
He's among hundreds of lobbyists in at least 20 states who get public pensions because they represent associations of counties, cities and school boards, an Associated Press review found. Legislatures granted them access decades ago on the premise that they serve governments and the public. In many cases, such access also includes state health care benefits.
No wonder there are so many that go into this line of work. This needs to stop.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/private-l … 02799.html
The U.S. is upside down when it comes to deciding what to fund. And, deciding what to un - fund. The US Representatives [sic] squawk about Social Security; contributed to by workers who can hardly afford groceries from their wages, Medicare and FICA withholding, State Income and sales tax, the cost of supplying electricity and water to a family home, not counting fuel, tires and other maintenance. America was supposed to be an equal structure where all men are created, endowed with inalienable rights were considered individually and the whole. No longer. Lulu - world.
Sorry, but you have no inalienable right to force someone else to cover the cost of delivering electricity to your home.
The lobbyists essentially work for a branch of the government and are paid ultimately by the taxpayer, that is why they get the pension.
it is sad that government needs to lobby itself, but given that it does -- these people are government workers.
by weholdthesetruths 7 years ago
In another thread, someone accused me of being inconsistent, with my commentary about rights being inherent to the individual, not provided by, enumerated by, or dependent upon government or legislation. When I said that a person CAN be deprived of life by a jury, I was accused of being...
by GA Anderson 4 years ago
Thanks to rHamson for planting the seed for this thought. I will even use his/her post, (and my reply), to start things rolling.GA replied:Your last question is the nut that no one can crack - yet.And it might make a good forum topic by itself. Rather than having conflicting ideologies...
by My Esoteric 3 years ago
"It was because of the self-interest of [certain] individuals or groups of producers were often at odds with the public interest that the proper task of legislatures who are concerned with the public interest to prevent individuals or groups of people from short-circuiting the market...
by fishskinfreak2008 8 years ago
Web-site/URL: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wirestor … amp;page=1Another DEMOCRAT in trouble and Waters is another senior representative (since 1991). This is becoming like a laundry list of Democrats in trouble, as if they don't have enough to deal with already.
by Kathryn L Hill 3 years ago
According to the Constitution, we are endowed by our "Creator" with certain unalienable Rights.Where do rights come from, if not God?The Government?Where do rights come from according to atheists?Wondering.
by Sooner28 5 years ago
Most people accept that human beings have certain rights by virtue of being human. A person's monetary status is irrelevant to whether they enjoy these fundamental rights. Some of these rights are usually centered on mental rights, such as the right to free speech, the right to practice...
|HubPages Device ID|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Google Analytics|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel|
|Google Hosted Libraries|
|Google AdSense Host API|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels|
|Author Google Analytics|
|Amazon Tracking Pixel|