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Five Facts About Maine Government Pensions

Five Facts About Maine Government Pensions

The launch of new government pension data on MaineOpenGov.org gives us a wealth of information to consider. It is especially important because the next governor and legislature have to try and wrap their collective heads around a pension crisis that runs in the billions of dollars (yeah, that's bill ...
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Transparency—Shedding Light on Government Activities I: How Will Maine Afford Retiree Health Care Benefits for State Employees and Public School Teachers?
Read the full report | Maine is abuzz with the recent news that the state government’s budget deficit has doubled from $95 million to $190 million.  While legislators frantically try to plug this hole in the ship, a much larger iceberg looms in the distance—the funding of retiree health care fo ...
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The state gravy train rolls on

The state gravy train rolls on

In 2005, state government workers on average were compensated (wages plus benefits) 32 percent higher than private sector workers ($51,003 vs. $38,617). The average wage for a state government worker was 13.2 percent higher than their private sector counterpart ($36,020 vs. $31,812). The State of Ma ...
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