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How to Resolve the Public Pension Crisis: An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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.

Experts: Joseph D. McNamara, Marisa McNee, Michael J. McPhillips, Thomas J. McQuade, Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Taxes

       
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California's Public Pension Crisis— An Interview with Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Friday, June 5, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KFIV radio in Modesto. McQuillan discusses the man-made financial tsunami that is threatening California: the underfunded public employee pension system. The crisis threatens to bankrupt the state unless it reforms its pension system to a 401k-style contribution plan, that is common in the private sector. McQuillan’s plan will not effect current retirees, but would reform the system over decades to avoid a catastrophe.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes

       
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How Did We Get into the Pension Mess? — An Interview with Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of "California Dreaming" appears on KVSF radio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. McQuillan explains how cities and states in the US are in danger of bankruptcies due to underfunding public pension funds. A reduction in services is the result in communities across the country because money is being “devoured” by pension systems, according to McQuillan.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Labor and Employment, Taxes

       
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The Public Pension Crisis Across the United States — An Interview with Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming appears on KLZ radio in Denver, CO. Lawrence talks about the public-pension crisis and how states and cities can change their pension contributions to avoid bankruptcy while honoring commitments to employees.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), History (U.S), Labor and Employment, Taxes

       
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Mary L.G. Theroux | Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty
Recorded: Thursday, March 26, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux testified on "Childhood Poverty, Government Failures, and the Need for Economic Liberty", before the California State Senate's Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, at the request of State Senator Jeff Stone. The witnesses spoke about California's Maximum Family Grant rule for families on welfare. The rule caps grants and does not increase grant money to mothers on welfare when they have more children. Mary testified about the causes of poverty and of the need for other, non-government options for poor families. She introduced ideas for helping the poor through private resources and organizations, instead of government agencies where families and women often find themselves trapped in a cycle of poverty.

Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Type: Television
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Business, Culture/ Society, Economic Policy, Family, Health Care, Housing, Labor and Employment, Politics, Privatization, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes, Welfare, Women’s Issues

       
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Should CA Welfare Recipients Receive Increased Benefits When They Have More Children?
Recorded: Monday, February 23, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux joins the discussion on the Gil Gross radio on Talk910 in San Francisco.

Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Crime, Culture/ Society, Education, Family, Labor and Employment, Taxes, Urban Issues, Welfare, Women’s Issues

       
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Mary L.G. Theroux on KPCC on Repeal of the "Maximum Family Grant" Welfare Rule
Recorded: Monday, February 23, 2015

Independent Institute Senior Vice President Mary L. G. Theroux was a guest on KPCC radio to discuss California's effort to repeal the "maximum family grant" rule for welfare recipients with children. Families that have more children while on welfare do not receive an increase in their grant. This could be reversed by a new law proposed by Calif. State Senator Holly Mitchell, who was also a guest on the show.

Experts: Mary L. G. Theroux
Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Crime, Culture/ Society, Education, Family, Labor and Employment, Public Health/ Consumer Protection, Regulation and Deregulation, Taxes, Welfare, Women’s Issues

       
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Lawrence McQuillan on the Fed's Zero Interest Rate Policy
Recorded: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan appeared on The Rob Schilling radio show to discuss the Fed's zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) and how this effects the economy.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Banking and Finance, Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt

       
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