Archive for September, 2015

September 30, 2015

Spotlight on: Alabama

The health of Alabama’s pension system has been in the news a lot recently. Why the sudden interest in Alabama’s pensions, you might ask? Well, it has a lot to do with some familiar faces: Enron billionaire John Arnold and …

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September 28, 2015

Spotlight on: John Arnold

Today we continue shining a spotlight on anti-pension politicians and activists by turning to the story of John Arnold. Arnold got his start at Enron, where he left with an $8 million golden parachute as the company collapsed, wiping out …

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September 25, 2015

Partner Organization Spotlight: NCPERS

Occasionally here on Defined Benefit, we like to highlight the work of one of our partner organizations. Protecting retirement security for public workers is hard work and we can’t do it by ourselves. Today we’re taking a look at the …

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September 23, 2015

Dispatches from the Field: Wisconsin

What do you think of when you think of Wisconsin? The Green Bay Packers? Fried cheese curds? Anti-worker (failed) presidential candidates? Here at Defined Benefit, when we hear Wisconsin we think of a fully-funded model pension system. Wisconsin’s pension system, …

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September 18, 2015

Tax Fairness

States looking for revenue to fund key priorities like education, infrastructure, and pensions need look no further than tax fairness. Tax fairness—the principle that the wealthy should be taxed the same as the middle and working classes—could help resolve a …

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