A former Massachusetts state senator who resigned after he was charged with harassing women has applied to nearly double his pension to $27,000 annually.Naturally, this isn't going over well with some.
James Marzilli Jr. in his request to the state Board of Retirement cites a law that allows elected officials under age 55 with more than 20 years of service to boost their pension if they fail to win re-election.
The Arlington Democrat announced shortly after his arrest in June that he would not seek re-election, even though his name remained on the ballot.
"They get an additional pension if their constituents get sick of them and throw them out? Am I hearing that right? Only in Massachusetts," said Barbara Anderson, executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. "Enough with the pension nonsense."Why would they ever do that when they can suck the taxpayers dry?
Michael J. Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, echoed the sentiment.
"This is another pension excess that is causing increasing outrage to taxpayers," he said. "You have these thousands of employees who earn legitimate pensions and then these kinds of abuses undercut support for the entire system. It is past time for the Legislature and the governor to close these kinds of loopholes."