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Sr. Fellow Lawrence McQuillan, author of California Dreaming, appears on the Wall Street Journals Opinion Live show to talk about how to right Californias underfunded public pension system. He talks about how California got into the mess and how other states and cities have the same issue.
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 isnt 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.
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.
Associate Student Programs Director Mark LaPrairie appears on KLZ radio in Denver to discuss Independent Institutes 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.