City Pension Reform Bill Introduced

Publication: WBAL


04/20/2010 - The fight for pension reform in Baltimore is officially before the City Council after a bill was introduced Monday night, and it pits city police and firefighters against City Hall.

The bill proposes to change the retirement formula for city police and firefighters who have enjoyed generous retirement plans.


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Pew Center Research Director Kil Huh said what Minnesota did with its government employees is a great example.

"In 1989, they increased the retirement age from 65 to 66. That seems a very small thing to do, but now, 70 percent of the workforce is covered under that particular action, and it's saved the state $650 million over the last two decades. So, those are the kinds of reforms we're talking about," he said.

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