By Bill Zettler
RE: Retirement Benefits for State Employees vs. Non-state Employees.
NOTE: 320,000 of Illinois 6.5 million workers (5%) are eligible for state pension and retiree health care.
- Why can 5% of Illinois workers retire with full pension and healthcare benefits at age 55 while the 95% have to wait until 65?
- Why do 5% of Illinois workers have a constitutionally guaranteed pension while the 95% have no guarantee with Social Security or 401K’s?
- Why do 5% of Illinois workers have superior retirement benefits compared to the other 95%?
- Why do 5% of Illinois workers contribute an average of 8.4% of their pay to retire with health care at 55 while the 95% contribute 12% to retire with health care at 65?
- Why is 25% of the 2014 state budget needed to fund retirement for 5% of Illinois workers?
- Why do the 95% have to guarantee all investment losses for the pensions of the 5% when their own pension investments are not guaranteed?
- Why do public employees average 5.5% – 7% salary increases per year while Social Security members average 4% per year?
- Would state pensions have a surplus if pension payments were made on 4% salary increase and 12% employee contribution since 1990?
- Why do 140,000 state university employees and state employees pay zero for health care while working and during retirement?
- Why do the 95% have to pay a $130,000/yr pension for a 56-year old music teacher?
- Why will the 95% have to pay $100,000 pensions for the 14,000 public school employees who make more than $10,000/mo when there are 75,000 certified teachers not teaching?