Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on the Pete Kaliner show on WWNC radio to explain how California and other states and cities have gotten into the situation with massive public pension deficits. Promises were made to public employees, but the pension funds are less than what was promised to retirees. McQuillan has a plan to switch these pension plans to a defined contribution plan, similar to a 401-k, which could not be underfunded. If private sector companies did this to their pension funds, they would be in prison. McQuillan explains how pension funds around the US have gotten to this crisis point.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KSOO radio in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to discuss solutions to the crisis in underfunded public pension systems across the country. Judges in Detroit and other cities have ruled that pension payouts can be cut for current retirees in the case of public municipal bankruptcies. Transitioning out of public pensions into a 401k-style system would give employees some degree of control over their retirement money. McQuillan proposes a 10% contribution by employers to public employee retirement accounts. The savings could help pay down the debt and it would make good the promises made to pensioners.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KPRL radio in Paso Robles, CA to discuss the public pension crisis in California and other states, cities and counties across the United States. McQuillan explains how California got into the underfunded pension mess and his plan to resolve the crisis. As in the private sector, public pensions would switch to a 401k-style plan where a 10% contribution by the employer would add to contributions by employees.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KNWZ radio in Palm Springs, CA to discuss the state of California’s public pension system, and how it came to be in such a mess. The underfunded system threatens taxpayers with the costs of a bailout if something isn’t done to resolve it. McQuillan talks about what is needed to reform the public pension systems across America.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KUHL radios Andy Caldwell show. McQuillan talks about Californias public pension system and how it is on a road to financial ruin. The states pension payout is gobbling up the states budget and other services are suffering. Politicians often take pension holidays and dont contribute during periods of economic prosperity and the pension funds suffer even more. McQuillans book contains solutions, such as private sector 401k-type retirement plans, which fulfill promises made to retirees and keeps the state solvent.
Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KPBS radio in San Diego. McQuillan discusses the public pension system in California and offers a detailed plan on how to fix the underfunded system. His plan would convert public pension systems across the country into defined contribution plans, similar to private 401k-type retirement plans. This would protect taxpayers from bailing out failed public pension systems and also protect current retirees from having bankruptcy courts take away their promised pension benefits. McQuillan also talks about other reform ideas to fix the man-made financial disaster facing many cities and states across the United States.
Independent Institute Acquisitions Director Roy M. Carlisle is interviewed by IBPA Executive Director Angela Bole at the Book Expo Book Convention in New York City. Roy talks about two new books from the Independent Institute: A Better Choice by Senior Fellow John C. Goodman and California Dreaming by Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan. Both books were highlighted at the conference and the authors signed copies of the books for attendees. Carlisle is a former board member of the Independent Book Publishers Association and the conversation touches on the Independent Institutes powerful scholarly book program offering solutions to todays public policy issues such as water markets, healthcare and education.