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  • Dean Baker: State-run retirement plan would aid workers

    Illinois launching program that would set aside, invest small share of wages.


  • Shawn Vestal: Follow-ups on beards, Condon’s pension plan

    Today I’ve got follow-ups on two recent columns – one about the mayor and city pensions, and one about magnificent facial hair. A couple of weeks back, I wrote about …


  • BBB Tip of the Week: Pension advances

    Debt-to-income ratios among people over 65 years old have risen since the recent recession. Predatory lenders, specifically advance pension lenders, are targeting retirees with military, federal and state pensions who …


  • Editorial: Congress’ highway fund fix lacks responsibility

    The Spokane City Council may vote next week on a new “Rule of 80” that will put city pensions on a sounder financial footing. This week, Congress probably will adopt …


  • Bill would phase out pensions for state workers

    SEATTLE — A state lawmaker wants to offer a $10,000 incentive to state employees who agree to move away from the state pension system into a 401(k)-style retirement package.


  • Machinists chief once called pensions ’sacred’

    SEATTLE — The national union chief who has forced a vote on a pension-freezing Boeing contract proposal once called those retirement plans sacred and derided alternatives as risky.


  • Retirement and pensions: A look back

    Work until you die – or until you can’t work anymore. Until the late 19th century, that was the old-age plan for the bulk of the world’s workers.


  • Washington to pursue retirees’ padded pensions

    OLYMPIA – Washington retirement officials said Tuesday they have identified four people who received raises that were improperly counted toward retirement compensation, but several other workers who got late pay …


  • Gregoire a big winner from old pension rules

    OLYMPIA – Former Gov. Chris Gregoire is benefiting from old state pension rules that ended in 1977. Gregoire receives a pension of $159,608, the most of any retiree from state …


  • Union chief: LEOFF-1 firefighters a minority

    Kelly Fox has been the president of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters union since 1996, and he’s been a firefighter in Olympia longer than that. So he is …


  • Shawn Vestal: Spiking public safety pensions hurts poor kids the most

    The firefighters and city governments who gamed the system – and the taxpayers – for massive extra pension payments have cost the state more than the extra million bucks or …


  • Pension maneuvers hit state fund hard

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. – By the end of 2009, three veteran managers at Lakewood Fire District 2 earned salaries that topped $175,000 annually – more than Seattle’s fire chief, who was …


  • State burned by spiked fire pensions

    LAKEWOOD, Wash. – By the end of 2009, three veteran managers at Lakewood Fire District 2 earned salaries that topped $175,000 annually – more than Seattle’s fire chief, who was …


  • Norm Dicks’ $107,268 pension near top

    WASHINGTON – After retiring from a 36-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives last month, Norm Dicks has no doubt that he’s worth every penny of his new pension: …


  • Both sides win issues in hard fought state budget

    OLYMPIA – For almost 91 days the Legislature wrestled with a looming budget problem. For the first 90, it was even odds, at best, whether the Legislature would win. The …


  • Police pension group OKs hypnosis

    A retired Spokane police officer will have his hypnosis weight-loss therapy paid for by city tax money. Members of the Spokane Police Pension and Relief Board unanimously approved the unusual …


  • MLB playoffs may see 10 teams

    Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig expects the playoffs to expand from eight teams to 10 for the 2012 season. Selig went public last fall with his support for expanded playoffs, and …


  • Caldwell: State lawmakers take aim at pension shortfalls

    Washington state Treasurer James McIntire last week followed through on a pledge made last fall: He and a bipartisan group of sponsors submitted a proposed constitutional amendment to the Legislature …


  • Pension, health care cuts proposed

    OLYMPIA— The state could save billions by changing pension and health care plans, Gov. Chris Gregoire says.


  • Caldwell: State treasurer goes to bat for pension protection

    Washington state Treasurer James McIntire will ask the 2011 Legislature to approve a state constitutional amendment that would require at least 80 percent funding of annual state pension contributions. With …


  • Spokane County restores raise to save pensions

    Spokane County commissioners moved Tuesday to ensure that 243 nonunion employees’ pensions won’t be diminished because of bad advice from state officials. Commissioners voted unanimously to restore a canceled 2 …


  • Pension miscue could be costly for Spokane County

    A mistake by the state Department of Retirement Systems could cost Spokane County nearly $325,000 – if commissioners don’t pass the burden to employees. The mistake could shave hundreds of …


  • State error could cost Spokane County $325,000

    A mistake by the state Department of Retirement Systems could cost Spokane County nearly $325,000 – if commissioners don’t pass the burden to employees.


  • Idaho lawmakers slashed spending, assailed federal initiatives

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers’ session this year was one of slash and bash – slashing deeply into state budgets for everything from schools to health care while passing measure after …


  • Pension insurer running record deficit

    WASHINGTON – In an ominous setback, the government agency that insures the pensions of 44 million Americans has amassed a record $33.5 billion deficit – triple what it was just …


  • 401(k) plans force difficult choices

    The declining stock market isn’t the only thing eroding workers’ retirement savings. Increasingly, big companies are suspending contributions to their workers’ 401(k) plans – 90 had done so as of …

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