Pension Pay Out for Local Pols and Defeated Pay Jackers

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All Supported 2001 Pension Boost

(Harrisburg, Pa) – Rock the Capital released data obtained from Right to Know responses from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, the Pennsylvania Senate and the State Employees’ Retirement System relating to the wages and pensions for former-Dauphin County legislators Rep. Ronald Buxton (D) and Sen. Jeffrey Piccola(R), and long-serving but defeated pay jackers, Rep. Richard Geist (R-Blair) and Rep. Babette Josephs D-Philadelphia).

Eric Epstein, cofounder of Rock the Capital said, “The people who created the pension time bomb are not interested in diffusing a crisis that pays them dividends. The pay outs are unsustainable, and serve to create a special class of retired ruling class welfare recipients.”

Epstein pointed out the irony of retiring lawmakers reaping a windfall even after they refused to repay  the “unvouchered expenses” they pocketed in 2005. Epstein said, “No legislator should be eligible for political alimony until they pay back the money they stole during the pay raise.”

 

Enclosures

Rep. Ronald Buxton (D-Dauphin) was elected to the House of  Representatives in 1992 and retired in 2012. Mr. Buxton served as the Democratic Party’s Caucus Administrator.

  • Years in office: 20.
  • Supported the 2001 pension increase.
  • Salary in 2012: $85,738.07.
  • Annual Pension Pay out: $66,603.24.
  • Lump Sum Payment Amount: $0. 

 

Sen. Jeffery E. Piccola (R-Dauphin) was elected to the House of Representatives in 1976. He held his seat until he was elected to the  Senate in 1994. Mr. Piccola was made Majority Caucus Administrator of the State Senate in 1999 and elected Majority Whip in 2001.

  • Years in office: 36.
  • Voted for  the 2001 pension increase.
  • Salary in 2012: $75,190.61.
  • Annual Pension Pay out: $83,845.80.
  • Lump Sum Payment Amount: $211,855.42 (full)

 

Rep. Richard A. Geist (R-Blair) was a first elected to the House of Representatives in 1978, and was defeated in 201. Mr. Geist and served as Chairman of the Transportation Committee.

  • Never repaid the pay raise of 2005.
  • Years in office: 34.
  • Sponsored the 2001 pension increase.
  • Salary in 2012: $75,190.61.
  • Annual Pension Pay out: $64,742.16.
  • Lump Sum Payment Amount: $3,381.09 (partial)

 

Rep. Babette Josephs (D-Philadelphia) was elected to the House of Representatives in 1984. Ms. Josephs served as  Chairwoman of the State Government Committee and was defeated in 2012.

  • Never repaid the pay raise of 2005.
  • Years in office: 28.
  • Supported the 2001 pension increase.
  • Salary in 2012: $79,82.48.
  • Annual Pension Pay out: $63,260.04.
  • Lump Sum Payment Amount: $0.

 

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Eric J. Epstein is RocktheCapital‘s coordinator and a community advocate for good government for over 25 years. Mr. Epstein is also Chairman of the Three Mile Island Alert, Inc., a safe-energy organization founded in 1977; President of EFMR Monitoring Group, Inc., a non-profit economic development corporation established in 1977, and Chairman of the Stray Winds Area Neighbors (SWAN), a smart growth association organized in 2005. Mr. Epstein was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Humanities at PSU-Harrisburg (1992-1999) and co-authored the Dictionary of the Holocaust, which was released by Greenwood Press (1997) - Email Eric Epstein

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