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Authorizing $300 million in bonds without voter approval is not the appropriate solution to fixing pension woes grassroots group says
LINCOLN, Nebr. – Americans for Prosperity-Nebraska (AFP-NE) on Thursday reacted to the Nebraska legislature’s rejection of LB 548, a bill that would have authorized $300 million in bonds for Omaha Public Schools. Currently, the Omaha Public School pension fund has a $712 million deficit between the fund’s assets and projected liability over the next 30 years.
“Omaha’s Public Schools pension fund is in dire need of reform, but borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars in the name of the taxpayer without getting voter approval would be the wrong thing to do. Bailing out this pension fund won’t address the root causes that got us here,” said AFP-NE State Director Jessica Shelburn. “Lawmakers need to enact reforms that ensure taxpayers will not be on-the-hook to cover the promised benefits of this outdated pension plan. We urge lawmakers to craft a plan that both assures workers receive a check when they retire and protects the interests of taxpayers.”
Americans for Prosperity advocates for solutions which bring public benefits in line with private benefits, such as adopting 401(k) style retirement plans for new hires.
Reason Foundation’s Vice President of Policy Adrian Moore, outlines 5 steps to pension reform:
For further information or an interview, reach Jessica Shelburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 499-6918.
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