Where They Stand: Public Employee Benefits

Wonk Wars researches the Cuomo and Paladino positions

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Each week on It's A Free Country we bring you Wonk Wars. This week, we're asking policy experts to react to the statement "Public Employees Get Too Many Benefits". Here is what our research found the two candidates for Governor say about the issue.

Andrew Cuomo (D):


Carl Paladino (R):

  • wants to cancel pension plans and free healthcare for state legislators.
  • says he will fire and re-hire the entire state workforce in order to force them to accept smaller retirement benefits.
  • says he will find and eliminate the “‘well-connected brothers-in-law’ who are pretending to work in our bureaucracy”
  • would rely on the state's rank and file to target persons "incapable for whatever reason of performing their functions at a cost productive level” in order to eliminate 60,000 jobs.
  • would seek to eliminate numerous perks such as state-owned take-home vehicles.


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Comments [3]

Ken from Soho

If New York is unfortunate enough to have Carl Paladino elected Governor, then we should FIRE CARL PALADINO!

Sep. 23 2010 11:15 AM
Sally from UES

I would love to ask these candidate if they can name one person that retired on a 401k.

Sep. 23 2010 11:13 AM
Tom from Sauk Rapids MN

Typical anti-labor rhetoric.

And for you morons complaining that you don't have pensions, well you voted for repub crooks who allowed the corporations to raid pension plans and then wrote special bankruptcy rules that allow corporation thieves to completely duckout on their theft of workers' pensions and force the rest of us to pony up cents on the dollar to pay to workers after years of contributing to their pensions.

Oh, and public employees also put money into their pensions, which legislatures have been using as piggy banks just like thieving corporations.

But, of course, most americans are willful ignorant morons who know nothing of their own history and buy every bit of anti-worker BS that the right spews out.

Sep. 23 2010 02:45 AM

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