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Public Pension Crisis—Lawrence McQuillan interviewed on KQED radio’s Forum
Recorded: Monday, July 6, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming is interviewed by Michael Krasny on KQED radio’s Forum program. McQuillan tells of his plan to resolve the pension crisis in California and other states by switching from the current system to a 401(k) style of retirement plan, as most private sector companies use. This way, McQuillan argues, the public employee retirement system would be portable and transparent while remaining solvent.

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

       
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Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi—An Interview with Clifford F. Thies
Recorded: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Clifford F. Thies, author of The Independent Review article Repudiation in Antebellum Mississippi, is interviewed on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” about the state of Mississippi defaulting on its loans in the 1840s. Other states defaulted on loans during this period, but most reconciled with debtors, but not Mississippi. Mississippi repudiated its debts, refusing to pay them.

Experts: Clifford F. Thies
Type: Radio
Issues: Economic History and Development (U.S.), Economic Policy, Fiscal Policy/Debt, History (U.S)

       
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Lawrence McQuillan Interviewed on WSVA on the Public Pension Crisis in California and the Entire United States
Recorded: Monday, June 29, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on WSVA in Virginia to talk about the public employee pension crisis facing municipalities across the US. When public pensions are underfunded, there is not enough money to pay promised benefits to retirees. Recent bankruptcy courts have ruled that these pension benefits can be cut in the event of a bankruptcy of a city, county or state. McQuillan has a plan that if enacted, could resolve the crisis within decades, while fulfilling promises made to public workers.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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The $4.7 Trillion Public Pension Crisis—An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KLIF radio in Dallas to discuss public pension crisis in America. In cities, counties and states across America, the pension funds for public employees are underfunded. Money that should be in the bank to pay promised retirement benefits isn’t there and the taxpayers are losing because of it. Vital services for cities are being cut to pay retirement benefits that were promised by politicians. In California, the politicians who made those promises to increase pension benefits, are no longer in office. McQuillan outlines what must be done to prevent more public bankruptcies.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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Reforming Public Pensions in the US—An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Sunday, June 21, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on KCNR radio’s “We the People” show in Redding, CA to discuss the underfunded public pension crisis in the United States. McQuillan talks about not only California’s pension crisis, but other cities and states across the nation. Despite the politicians who make promises based on unrealistic projections, McQuillan has a plan to reform pension systems that polls show, voters approve of. The plan avoids bankruptcy for cities and states and keeps promises made to retirees.

Experts: Lawrence J. McQuillan
Type: Radio
Issues: Bureaucracy and Government, Economic History and Development (U.S.), Fiscal Policy/Debt, Taxes

       
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Public Pensions: How Much is Owed? An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on WNWS radio in Jackson, Tennessee to discuss the financial crisis growing in a number of cities and states across America: their underfunded public pension systems. The problem threatens cities and states with bankruptcy because the money that should be in the pension funds isn’t available and retirees have been promised benefits. Bankruptcy judges have already ruled that pensions for public employees can be cut to pennies on the dollar. How to we reform the system? McQuillan has a plan to move to 401k-style pensions that will keep the funds solvent and continue to pay benefits promised to retirees. Nationally, state and local governments are in the red, or in deficit $4.7 trillion, which is money that should be in the bank, ready to pay pension benefits.

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

       
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Morality of Public Pension Debt—An Interview with Lawrence McQuillan
Recorded: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Senior Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on WEBY radio in Florida. McQuillan discusses the implications of leaving future generations saddled with debt owed to public employee pension systems. His simple idea is to switch now to a defined contribution plan, similar to a 401-k, rather than a defined benefit plan, such as a pension plan. Private companies long ago did away with defined benefit plans. Across the United States, cities, states and counties have pension plans for public employees that are underfunded. Recent bankruptcies have shown that if the trend continues, judges will cut the payments to retirees in bankruptcy rulings.

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

       
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Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars—An Interview with Mark LaPrairie
Recorded: Monday, June 15, 2015

Associate Student Programs Director Mark LaPrairie appears on KLZ radio in Denver to discuss Independent Institute’s Challenge of Liberty Student Seminars. Mark discusses topics including free markets, liberty and economics. Mark will be a senior at Hillsdale College in the fall and was one of the presenters at the seminar.


Type: Radio
Issues: Civil Liberties/ Human Rights, Free Market Economics

       
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