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Outrage, lack of fairness fuel debate over pension reform

Aug 3 2007

Outrage, lack of fairness fuel debate over pension reform

By Edward Mason and Stacie Galang, Daily News of Newburyport

Michael Widmer, president of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, former Dukakis administration official and longtime Beacon Hill observer, could not remember the last major pension overhaul.

"It is always difficult to make sweeping changes in the pension system," Widmer said. "When you talk about significant change in pensions, you're talking about state workers and the Legislature."

Lawmakers and state workers have proven to be obstacles to change, Widmer said. He noted the Romney administration was never able to get the Legislature to increase state workers' share of health insurance premiums.

"You see how hard it is to make minor changes in health care contributions," Widmer said. "To make more significant change in pensions is a high hill to climb."

 
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