Illinois

Tightening of 'part-timers' pension eligibility seen as positive by taxpayers' advocate, but only 'tinkers' with big problem

TUA’s executive director, Jared Labell, was interviewed by Shanice Harris of the Madison – St. Clair Record last week. They discussed changes Madison County board members  made to the number of work hours needed for county workers to stake a claim in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.


A taxpayers’ advocate sees a recent decision that increases the minimum number of hours that Madison County employees must work in order to be eligible for pension benefits as a positive move, but one that only “tinkers” with a more profound problem.
Last month board members changed the number of work hours needed from 600 per year to 1,000 per year in order for county workers to stake a claim in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.
“The recent change by the Madison County Board is a good move for taxpayers, but raising county employees’ minimum number of work hours to collect IMRF pensions is merely tinkering on the edges of a much broader problem,” Jared Labell of Taxpayers United of America told the Record. “Defined benefit government pensions are unsustainable.”
County employees previously received IMRF pension for working approximately 12 hours a week, but because of this change, the hours have increased to a minimum of 20 hours of work. The change won’t affect current employees, but will apply to new hires.
“Employees currently working 600 hours a year at a minimum won’t be required to work additional hours to remain in IMRF, so the changes only affect new hires and not existing county employees,” Labell said.
Other counties across Illinois are also increasing the amount of hours an employee is required to work before receiving their benefits. But, according to Labell, the pensions promised to government workers are overly lavish and unfair to taxpayers.
“To receive pensions for as little as 12- or 20-hour work weeks is astonishing. If government employees are to receive pensions, taxpayers should expect these individuals to at least work full-time,” Labell said.
“Taxpayers are struggling under numerous tax burdens in this state. Income taxes, local taxes, and rising property taxes are all tied to the broader government pension problem in Illinois. IMRF is funded through local property tax increases and taxpayers should demand more accountability with their hard-earned money.”
The TUA has advocated for at least offering state workers the option of moving into 401(k) plans, which has been met with fierce opposition by state labor groups.

Rep. Schakowsky wants government to steal more from private sector

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TUA’s executive director, Jared Labell, was interviewed by Sam Krevlin of the Daily Northwestern last week to discuss Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s (D-IL) newly proposed legislation in Congress, the Fairness in Taxation Act.
Her bill would raise federal income tax rates to a range of 45 to 49 percent for income over $1 million. Everything the government has is stolen, regardless of the rate, and no matter who is the target of its theft.
Our 501(c)(4), Taxpayers United of America, was incorrectly identified as a conservative advocacy group. TUA is a nonpartisan taxpayer advocacy group.

One of those opposing the bill is Jared Labell, executive director of the conservative advocacy group Taxpayers United of America, who said taxing the rich will end up hurting the entire economy. The American public already feels overtaxed and has little trust in the government to use taxpayer dollars effectively, he said.

Labell said the government should focus on cutting its spending. The easiest way to encourage social mobility, Labell said, is to keep money in the pockets of Americans.

“At a time when the public is pretty upset with government leaders both at the federal and state level, the idea of taking more money from the private sector and giving it to the government is not going to go over very well,” he said.

Tobin on the Voice of Southern Illinois WJPF with Tom Miller

Taxpayers United of America’s president, Jim Tobin, spoke with WJPF news radio’s Tom Miller on the Morning Newswatch Thurs. Jan 26, 2017.
They discussed the Illinois state budget, the proposed multibillion-dollar income tax hike, government pensions, TUA’s history of tax-fighting, Governor Rauner’s time in office so far, and more!

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