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Marin citizens need to band together to deal with a real financial crisis that threatens our way of life. We are a nonpartisan group with a single mission. We can make a difference, but we need your support. Please review our reports and news of our activities on this website, then click here to join.
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VP, California Pension Reform
VP, California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility
CSPP SURVEYS POLITICIANS ON GRAND JURY FINDINGS
Survey Results are In. Click Here.
Over 130 political leaders and appointees who serve the interests of Marin residents are being asked to respond to a survey about an April 16, 2015 Marin Civil Grand Jury Report titled Pension Enhancements: A Case of Government Code Violations and A Lack of Transparency.
The survey solicits the opinions and positions of Marin's leaders, which will be posted on this website and released to the media.
We Must Solve Marin's Pension Crisis Now!
Marin Taxpayers may be obligated to pay under-funded retirement pension benefits that are estimated between $700 million and $1.2 billion.
The impacts of this pension disaster will be felt soon as Marin County struggles to meet its generous and unsustainable retirement promises amid declining property tax revenue, unrealistic investment projections, and more.
Public Sector retirement benefits have grown dramatically over the years thanks in large part to the political influence of labor unions. State workers routinely retire at 55 years old with pensions higher than their base pay for most of their working lives.
Pensions are at the center of what will be an intensifying fight for diminishing resources from which government can pay for schools, police and fire services
Attention All Pension Reform Groups in California!
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Marin Municipal Water District Proposes Rate Increase
MMWD has plans to dramatically increase its rates, yet has not been transparent about its costs and the need to increase rates. CSPP opposes the increase and encourages you to complete a Protest Letter and send it to the district. Click here to download a letter template) It must arrive before the rate hearing on December 8. Below are a number of graphs that help explain what we believe is a major reason behind the increase. There are many more reasons to protest this increase as well. Please see this IJ article.
MARIN CIVIL GRAND JURY REPORT
Left Leaning Brookings Institute asks:
"Are Public Pensions Keeping Up With the Times?" Believes 5% is a more reasonable return assumption. Underfunding is $2.7 trillion not $900 million.
Retirement plans for public employees in the United States face serious challenges: By their own calculations, states and localities are $900 billion short of the funds they need to set aside to pay for benefits they have already promised their employees, write the Urban Institute’s Richard W. Johnson and the Brookings Institution’s Matthew M. Chingos and Grover J. Whitehurst. But the problem is far more serious than currently imagined. What states accountants won’t admit, Chingos, Whitehurst and Johnson argue, is that the funding problem is much worse than states’ calculations show.
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Right Leaning American Enterprise Institute Asks:
"Public Sector Pensions: How well funded are they, really?" Underfunding is $4.6 trillion not $885 million.
Public sector pensions, as of mid-2011, were underfunded by around $885 billion, based on accounting rules established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board applied to a large sample of plans from the Public Plans Database.3
However, reports from academic economists and nonpartisan government agencies strongly suggest that the true state of public sector pension funding is far worse than suggested by official plan disclosures.
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