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  • Double-dipping? TX lawmakers receive state retirement payments while serving in Congress (Cornyn)

    02/21/2014 9:06:46 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7/1/13 | Sarah Ferris
    A dozen members of the Texas congressional delegation reaped state retirement benefits while collecting their federal paychecks over the last two years — a much higher rate than other states’ lawmakers. Thirty-five percent of the 34-member delegation reported dipping into state pension funds in 2012 or 2011, according to recently filed financial disclosure forms. That is nearly twice the one-fifth of all members of Congress members who reported drawing public retirement benefits last year, according to an analysis by the National Journal released Friday. Texas Sen. John Cornyn dipped into three retirement funds in 2010 — more than any other...
  • John Cornyn’s Three Pensions Make for One Uncomfortable GOP Situation (2013)

    02/20/2014 8:15:52 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 6/19/13 | LLoyd Grove
    Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas likes to present himself as a deficit hawk—a red-state conservative who “believes that Congress must be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money,” as his official website declares, and that “fiscal responsibility is the cornerstone for good governance.” So the revelation in the National Journal that the 61-year-old Cornyn is collecting three different state-government pensions while receiving his federal salary as a senator (a total of $239,383 in taxpayer-funded largesse) is slightly off-message, and just a tad inconvenient, as he gets ready to run for a third term next year. “There’s a lot of...
  • Sen. Cornyn Receives 3 Public Pensions Plus Senate Salary (June 18, 2013)

    02/18/2014 7:59:03 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 6/18/13 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn last year supplemented his Senate salary with three public pensions, bringing in some $65,383 in public retirement benefits to add to his $174,000 a year salary for serving as senator. The Texas Republican was elected to the Senate in 2002, and is a former district judge, state Supreme Court justice and state attorney general, reports The National Journal. His largest pension, for $48,807, came through the Judicial Retirement System of Texas, earned while serving on the state Supreme Court from 1991 to 1997. Cornyn, 61, reported another $10,132 in pension benefits from the Employees Retirement...
  • Sen. John Cornyn discloses 3 Texas pensions as supplemental income (2013 Flashback)

    02/14/2014 7:24:48 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 6/18/13 | Todd J. Gillman
    Sen. John Cornyn has been supplementing his Senate salary for six years with pensions earned from his days as a Texas judge and attorney general – retirement payments that went undisclosed for several years. Cornyn’s most recent annual disclosure statement, filed last month, shows he collected $65,383 from three Texas pension plans in 2012. That’s on top of his $174,000 Senate salary. He drew $48,807 from the Judicial Retirement System of Texas, stemming from service on the Texas Supreme Court from 1990 to 1997, plus $7,645 from the Employees Retirement System of Texas, and $6,444 from the Texas County and...
  • Sen. Cornyn Reveals Not One, Not Two, but Three Public Pensions Atop His Salary (2013 Flashback)

    02/13/2014 12:29:14 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 6/17/13 | Shane Goldmacher
    The Texas Republican earned $65,383 in retirement benefits last year; amended disclosure to show he's been collecting one pension since 2006. Texas Republican John Cornyn supplemented his Senate salary with a trio of public pensions last year from his days as a Texas judge and elected official—a practice some fiscal watchdog groups have attacked as “double dipping.” Cornyn, who is the minority whip and the No. 2 ranking Republican in the Senate, reported collecting $65,383 in public retirement benefits in 2012 in addition to his $174,000 salary as a U.S. senator. Cornyn’s office did not respond to requests for comment....
  • Why Are Some Furloughed Workers Getting Paid Twice?

    10/21/2013 3:16:29 PM PDT · by bgill · 24 replies
    The Wall Street Cheat Sheet ^ | Oct. 21, 2013 | Anthea Mitchell
    According to CNBC, some of the 400,000 government workers drew on unemployment benefits during the shutdown, and it’s likely that only some of them will have to give it back — adding a few million to the price of the shutdown, already up in the billions due to lost worker productivity and revenue. The U.S. economy was damaged as well, and that cost may tally up near $24 billion between October and December, if economists are to be believed.
  • Furloughed Workers Seeking Unemployment Pay in D.C.

    10/02/2013 1:05:31 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NBC Washington DC ^ | 10/2/13 | NBC Washington DC
    Federal workers who are furloughed because of the government shutdown are beginning to file for unemployment benefits with the District of Columbia. Najla Haywood, a spokeswoman for the D.C. Department of Employment Services, says all initial claims for unemployment need to be filed online due to the increased demand.
  • Huma Abedin Allowed To Represent Clients While At State

    05/16/2013 3:47:34 PM PDT · by drewh · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/16/13 4:14 PM EDT
    Huma Abedin — Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide and the wife of all-but-declared New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner — spent her final months at the State Department working as a part-time consultant with the agency who at the same time was allowed to represent outside clients, POLITICO has confirmed. Abedin, a fixture at the Clintons’ side for at least 15 years — from Iowa to Indonesia — shifted to her new role after maternity leave in the early summer of 2012, according to a source familiar with the arrangement. The new status made her a “special government employee,” which was...
  • Gov. Perry Pockets Salary, Pension

    12/31/2011 6:32:48 PM PST · by CedarDave · 48 replies · 2+ views
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | December 31, 2011 | Thomas Cole
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is a so-called double dipper, collecting a state government pension and salary totaling more than $240,000. Perry’s disclosure that he “retired” this year while still governor of Texas has become somewhat of an issue in the days leading up to the GOP presidential caucuses in Iowa on Tuesday. Given New Mexico’s distaste for double dipping by public employees, I thought you might want to know more. We banned the practice for most state and local government workers in 2010. Perry, 61, filed a financial disclosure this month with the Federal Election Commission showing he is...
  • Perry “retires” early, begins collecting state pension

    12/16/2011 9:58:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 153 replies
    Hot Air ^ | December 16, 2011 | Allahpundit
    Yes, he’s still governor. He’s “retired” only for benefits purposes, which means he can start collecting his pension while he’s still collecting a salary. It’s perfectly legal. Just … unhelpful. Perry makes a $150,000 annual gross salary as Texas govenor. Now, thanks to his early retirement, Perry, 61, gets a monthly retirement annuity of $7,698 before taxes, or $6,588 net. That raises his gross annual salary to more than $240,000… [T]he disclosure is sure to spark criticism of Perry, who has called for sweeping changes to Social Security for average workers and has railed against special “perks” that members of...
  • 'Double-dipping' by state workers in the spotlight

    10/14/2011 7:18:43 AM PDT · by knittnmom · 30 replies
    The Capital Times ^ | October 14, 2011 5:30 am | JESSICA VANEGEREN AND TODD FINKELMEYER
    A longstanding practice that allows public workers to simultaneously collect their pension and a state paycheck has caught the attention of state lawmakers and top UW-Madison officials.
  • Mark Belling exposes union scam in Wisconsin

    09/01/2011 3:18:44 PM PDT · by ADSUM · 100 replies
    Mark Belling Conservative Radio Talk Host (Also Guest Host for Rush Limbaugh) on WISN Radio 1130 in Milwaukee exposes a Wisconsin union scam. Teachers retired and started collecting pension and health benefits have been rehired again as teachers for this year in same school district. This is double dipping and certainly is costing the taxpayers and also new teacher applicants that didn't get hired at a lower new teacher salary.
  • Romney gets a boost from new funding environment<br> [to bypass normal donation limits]

    07/09/2011 3:29:24 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 4 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | July 9, 2011 | Matt Viser
    Romney gets a boost from new funding environment [to bypass normal donation limits] 1st GOP candidate with 'super PAC’ Romney has raised $12 million this year, two-thirds the amount of his own fund-raising. At least four independent “super PACs’’ are being run by the aidesUnlike Romney’s own account, however, which must be painstakingly filled within the confines of individual donation limits, these outside committees are unfettered by such caps. “The new legal landscape is taking us closer to the wild, wild west in terms of how much money is going to be in the process,’’ said Michael Beckel,... nonpartisan Center...
  • Santa Clara County fire chief, retiring but not leaving, will draw both salary and pension

    12/28/2010 3:28:47 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 81 replies · 3+ views
    mercurynews.com ^ | 12/27/2010 | Karen de Sá
    Santa Clara County's veteran fire chief, Kenneth Waldvogel, will retire at the end of the month, but the 57-year-old won't be packing up his office just yet. He'll be back on the job in January, taking home his $236,691 annual salary as a consultant -- on top of a $200,000 yearly state pension. County officials say the move gives them time to search for a new chief, but critics call the deal a classic case of "double-dipping" -- a practice that has outraged the public and frustrated lawmakers trying to rein it in.
  • Retire-rehire practice is double-dipping

    10/01/2010 7:46:52 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 2+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/1/10 | Chip Johnson
    "Annuitants" - in public sector parlance - refers to retirees who are rehired to work their old jobs or similar positions, a practice that has become all too common in local and state government. For the retirees, it's just one more way to remain on the public payroll - while collecting pension benefits. But some government leaders see this recycling of employees as a cost-effective measure in tough economic times: These experienced and skilled employees are available to pitch in during busy periods or fill-in temporarily while new or promoted workers are trained to replace them. "They don't receive benefits,...
  • Steele weathering disaffection in RNC

    02/04/2010 4:18:01 AM PST · by iowamark · 14 replies · 386+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/04/2010 | By Ralph Z. Hallow
    Michael S. Steele has maneuvered through a minefield of internal discontent, emerging from a critical party gathering with his authority intact.... High-profile Republican gubernatorial wins in Virginia and New Jersey and a victory in the recent special Senate election in Massachusetts have helped quiet grumbling within the RNC over Mr. Steele, whose position and authority seemed shaky just a few months ago. A feared open revolt against the former Maryland lieutenant governor fizzled at the 168-member RNC's winter gathering in Honolulu over the weekend, despite lingering questions... In the view of RNC General Counsel Reince Priebus, who is also Wisconsin...
  • Feds gave banks access t0 23.7 TRILLION dollars, not 700 billion (MSNBC reports it!?!)

    01/31/2010 3:35:35 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 16 replies · 1,208+ views
    MSNBC via You Tube ^ | 1/30/10 | Dylan Ratigan
    This number sounds suspiciously similar to the number used by the Inspector General over TARP about 10 months ago during congressional hearings.
  • Germany Looks Like It's Double-Dipping

    01/13/2010 7:23:55 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 501+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 1-13-2010 | The Business Insider
    Germany Looks Like It's Double-Dipping by: The Business Insider January 13, 2010 This is why concern about the euro is becoming so mainstream. Even the healthy powerhouses of Europe -- we're not talking Greece and Ireland here -- are showing signs of instability, or at least weakness. New numbers out of Germany do not look good. Despite strong Q3 growth, total 2009 output plunged 5% in 2009, which means implicitly that Q4 came in worse than expected, according to The New York Times. The statistics agency did not release a figure for the fourth quarter, but economists said the greater-than-expected...
  • Some N.Y. Lawmakers Take Pensions on Top of Pay

    08/17/2009 9:58:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 529+ views
    NY Times ^ | Published: August 17, 2009 | DANNY HAKIM
    ALBANY — When Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg retired last year, there were no sendoffs, no cakes and no serenades. In fact, no one even knew he had left the Capitol, because he never did. Mr. Weisenberg, 75, a Long Island Democrat, “retired” last year but continued to work as a lawmaker and remained on the payroll. As a result, he earns $101,500 in salary and collects a pension of about $72,000, according to the comptroller’s office. Similarly, Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs, a 72-year-old Brooklyn Democrat, retired last year after 31 years, but continued to serve her district. She earns $104,500 and draws...
  • Double-Dipping

    04/03/2009 3:53:05 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 34 replies · 954+ views
    TBO ^ | April 2nd | Gary Pinnell
    After Bob Germaine was elected Highlands County Clerk of Courts, he retired in December from his old job, senior director of court services. For the rest of his life, he'll get a check from the Florida Retirement System. In January, as an elected official, Germaine started getting another check from Highlands County. His salary is $112,000 a year. State Sen. Mike Fasano calls that double-dipping, and he's filed SB 1182 to end the practice, which he thinks is costing Florida taxpayers $300 million per year.
  • New School Pension Fraud Bill Is Signed

    10/15/2008 6:56:10 PM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 362+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 15, 2008 | WINNIE HU
    More than 425 retired educators return to work in New York school districts every year, obtaining waivers from the city and state Education Departments to allow them to collect paychecks and pensions in what critics have called “double-dipping.” A new state law signed by Gov. David A. Paterson on Friday will tighten government oversight over this longstanding practice, which was intended to help school districts cover hard-to-fill positions with experienced educators but has instead allowed some superintendents and principals to receive six-figure salaries on top of six-figure pensions. The new law requires school districts and public agencies to wait a...
  • CA: Double-dipping - DROP pads city pensions to absurd levels (San Diego)

    02/11/2007 5:43:58 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 1,090+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/11/07 | Editorial
    If you ever doubted that the pension benefits of San Diego municipal workers were excessive, consider these simple numbers: A typical firefighter making $75,000 a year can retire at age 55 with a pension of $99,767 – or 133 percent of his highest-year salary. That's right, a worker earning $75,000 can retire with a pension just shy of a hundred grand, along with annual cost-of-living increases, for the rest of his life. The same lavish deal is provided to nonpublic-safety employees, with the only difference being that the worker would have to stay on the job until the advanced age...
  • Dual Office Holding Ban Passes Assembly (NJ) With Debate

    01/30/2007 6:03:37 AM PST · by Calpernia · 3 replies · 131+ views
    Millennium Radio New Jersey ^ | Tuesday, January 30, 2007 | Kevin McArdle
    A ban on dual office-holding for newly elected officials is part of a bill aimed at cracking down on abusive practices that undermine the financial integrity of the State's benefits system for public employees. It passed the General Assembly yesterday. Sponsor Nellie Pou says, "This only effects and takes affect immediately for anyone running for the very first time in an elective office." Anyone currently holding two public jobs will be able to keep those positions for as long as they want or they continue to be re-elected. Under the measure anyone holding a current office and seeking to run...
  • Job-hogging lawmakers say: What, me worry?

    01/03/2007 2:21:26 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies · 534+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 12.20.06 | Tom Moran
    Listen up, all you working parents who think you know how to juggle a schedule. You're not even in Nick Sacco's league. Sacco is a state senator from North Bergen. He is also the local mayor. And the assistant superintendent of schools. He earns just over $250,000 a year when all three salaries are bundled, and he'll get a mega-pension to match when his day comes. What's remarkable is that Sacco genuinely seems to believe the good people of North Bergen are lucky to have him in these jobs, even if each job gets only a piece of him. He's...
  • New York City’s Reservists Are Asked to Return Iraq Pay

    09/24/2006 8:27:44 PM PDT · by GinJax · 34 replies · 1,612+ views
    New York Times ^ | 23 Sep 2006 | Andy Newman
    When they were called up for military service in the wake of 9/11, hundreds of uniformed city workers in the Reserves faced the suspension of their city health and pension benefits. The city offered them an option: it would keep paying their salaries and continue their benefits, but when they returned they would have to repay the city their city salary or their military pay, whichever was less. On its face, the offer made sense. And many reservists had only a few days to get their affairs together before shipping out — hardly enough time to consult accountants. Nearly all...
  • Crackdown on relief fraud brings more arrests

    09/18/2005 2:01:45 PM PDT · by KateatRFM · 19 replies · 613+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 16, 2005 | Rosanna Ruis
    Crackdown on relief fraud brings more arrests At least 25 have been accused of trying to obtain money that wasn't meant for them By ROSANNA RUIZ Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle At least 25 people have been arrested and accused of attempting to "double dip" and fraudulently receive Hurricane Katrina relief funds from the American Red Cross, Houston Police Chief Harold Hurtt announced Friday. The arrests were made Thursday and Friday at St. Agnes Baptist Church, where the Red Cross has been distributing checks and debit cards meant for evacuees, Hurtt said. As of Friday night, misdemeanor and felony charges were...