Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Disgraced Massachusetts Democrat Seeks Pension Increase

The sad thing is this Masshole will probably get it. These Democrats just have no limit to their gall.
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.

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.
Naturally, this isn't going over well with some.
"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."

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."
Why would they ever do that when they can suck the taxpayers dry?

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