GOP Bill: Public Employees Contribute More Toward Pensions

By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — All public employees statewide would contribute more toward their pensions under a bill introduced by Republican State Sen. Gretchen Hoffman of Vergas.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Reports

“It’s about what we need to do in the state of Minnesota to keep the state afloat,” said Hoffman.

Public employees would put in three percent more under the proposed bill. Hoffman said it would save the state about $50 million in the first two years.

But there’s strong opposition from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union.

“It’s a diversion from the fact that the richest Minnesotans aren’t paying their fair share of taxes,” said executive director of AFSCME Eliot Seide.

DFL lawmakers joined state labor leaders in opposing the idea. Hoffman said she has plenty of support in the Republican-controlled state legislature.

  • Who me?

    They should pay more, why should the tax payers shell out more money. Is it a crime being rich and starting a company and having 50 employees.So sick all I hear from these Union fools is give me give me!

    • dphilips

      And youve got yours so to hell with everybody else…. Minnesota, and for that matter the entire world doesnt need people like you

    • Jake

      Public employees have swept past private sector workers in compensation over the past couple decades. It’s also a not-so-well-guarded secret that benefits increase the compensation to public employees by as much as a third without the appearance as compensation, because we focus on “salary.”. This is unnecessary, unheard of in the private sector, and unjustified.

  • Mike

    What percentage do private employees pay in their retirement? How much do their employers match?

  • mike

    In most private companies, employees pay 100% of their retirement. Some companies have a matching 401k that match anywhere from 3 to 6 percent. My folks were both teachers so I must tread lightly but it is time for the public sector to match the private sector in both retirement and healthcare contributions.

    • PAUL

      we as state employees pay in 9% of our check to our retirement and the state matches it IT’S FAIR ENOUGH !!!

  • Kevin

    Public employees should pay for their retirements, just like employees in private companies. As indicated above, most people have a 401k in which they contribute, and it is matched at most 3-6% by the employers. Therefore, the public employees of the state of Minnesota should only get a maximum contribution of 5 or 6% of their annual salary towards their retirement. What is unreasonable about this?

    • Proud Mn Public Employee

      Just checked my last pay stub. I put in 5.4% and so did the school district that I work for. I live in Minnesota. Don’t confuse our pensions with Wisconsin where the teachers were contributing less than 1%.

    • Justis

      As a firefighter, I am contributing 9% of my salary right now. Also, I am not eligible for any social security.

  • Tom

    I am a state employee. I put in 5% and the state puts in 5%. Sounds like the private sector. When I worked i the private sector I put in 6 % and my employer put in 6%.

  • jeremiah

    If public employees should pay there full pensions then the public should pay the same hourly rate as private employees get pay. Maybe we should look at the real reasons why our great state is in such debt entitlement programs.

  • Bob

    About time somebody thinks logically!!!!!!!

  • Dave Campbell

    I say we require small business’s and corporations to prove to us that they have created new jobs before we give them any tax breaks! Why do we just assume that this will happen and not be used to pay out more in bonuses for already overpaid executives. The days of thinking that a greedy corporation will reinvest tax dollars saved is long gone.

  • Benji say to the baby brats

    Get a real job kiddies, start your own company and cease your crying that the public sector gets a pension.
    Gawd almighty – do something good with your lives maybe eh!
    The day I sit here and whine like you little crying brats is the day I am dead. Do something constructive and make some money! Then you won’t be so fealous of them or us who make even more.
    Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • First Me, Then You

    I wish some of these public union employees would have come out and protested when my job went overseas. I guess they weren’t really concerned about worker’s rights then until it became their money. Some of these very teachers promote globalization in their classrooms, which means your high paying job over to cheap foreign labor.

    • Teacher

      Oh, so now teachers are to blame for outsourcing jobs? Why not blame teachers for Libya, high fuel prices, and the tsunami in Japan? This is getting absurd!!

  • Wake up

    It’s time we realize that public pensions aren’t what has created a 5 billion dollar budget deficit. Nor have they even merely touched the deficit. Just because the people that we have elected can’t manage a budget to save their a$$ isn’t any reason to throw rocks at the guys who plow your roads..allowing you to get to your private sector job..or the ones who keep the water flowing into your toilet so that you don’t have to sit in your own stink..or those same ones who allow that same stink to go down your toilet. Let’s stop attacking the people who are here to service you, and start pointing the fingers at the elected officials who have mismanaged the money that we have all unwillingly given them. Just my $.02

  • joe

    We Have a DEFICIT becouse of the BIG RRRRRRRRRRRRRRR’sssssss

  • Cheryl

    State employees aren’t all union members. Those who aren’t have no bargaining power or job security. They get raises based on when the unions get raises and what percentage they get, but don’t always get raises when union members get them. In 25 years working for the state, I incurred wage freezes several times to help balance the state’s budget. State salaries are not equal to private sector salaries and never have been. Benefits and pensions aren’t as good as those in the private sector either, contrary to what has been said. I’m tired of state workers getting picked on. Most of them don’t make much money.

  • Bryan

    I teach in a mn school district with a beginning salary of $31000 where we pay $500 per month out of our paychecks towards family health insurance which is a $3000 deductible policy. All educators in Minnesota pay 5.5% of their check to retirement and the district matches it. This is not even close to what is going on in Wisconsin. After taxes and insurance – take home pay is about $1400 per month – tell me that the private sector is any worse off – let’s come up with a plan where everyone does their fare share to get our state out of the deficit instead of blaming it on public employees.

  • getaclue

    Hey, as a public employee is that’swhat they want fine.

    Then I want to see someone who’s making more than $150,000 do their fair share too? Where is that? Not even our own legislature…who’s pension and health care we pay for is out of this world! This is just another attack on teachers and the middle class. Compromise Rebumplicans! Compromise and we all benefit!

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